Having just finished listening to a thought provoking interview between Hugh Hewitt and Lt. General Michael Odom on the hopes of liberal democracy in Iraq, I have been compelled to complete a post that has been lurking in draft form for the last couple of weeks.
It concerns the prospects of liberal democracy flourishing in the nation states of Dar-al-Islam. General Odom has declared in the interview and in recent articles that liberal democracy would not be attainable in Dar-al-Islam.
…the assumption that the United States could create a liberal, constitutional democracy in Iraq defies just about everything known by professional students of the topic. Of the more than 40 democracies created since World War II, fewer than 10 can be considered truly "constitutional"…none is a country with Arabic and Muslim political cultures.
I want to set out and explore the current health of liberalism in Dar-al-Islam and the prospects of liberal democracy therein.
First some definitions.