Makes you wonder what will happen with the $15,000 and the car. Will it be used to pay for explosives, to be packed into the car with a suicide bomber behind the wheel? Or maybe it will just go into the hands of an organized group of thugs, who, perhaps, will parlay their resources into political power once the US have bugged out.
I hate to be so cynical about Iraq, and yes, I know that people there are slowly getting jobs again and there are some signs of progress. Still, it would have been nice if someone at the White House had the balls to say before the war that the process of bringing Iraq freedom and democracy would require their country to be seriously f*cked for the next 15-20 years or so (much like Russia) at which point those people who managed to do the best in the New Iraq (i.e. criminals, rightwing thugs, religious zealots, former inteligencia, Chalabi-style carpetbaggers, etc.) would achieve stability, finding permanent ways to give themselves advantages over everyone else... unless, of course, revolution breaks out, in which case the whole cycle begins again. Oh joy.
This leads me to think of what Churchill said...
"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all
those others that have been tried."
...but how does that fit into the larger context of a world where some democracies (such as the US, European nations, Japan, etc.) have set themselves up with artificial advantages over the economies of other nations?! Is a third-world democracy better than some form of democratic socialism? Would it be too much to wish that the profits of Iraq's vast oil reserves be split amongst its people evenly, or used to fund a basic standard of living for the Iraqis, rather than going into the hands of multinationals? Yes, democracy can improve people's lives, but why do I get the feeling that Iraq is the latest sucker to buy into the pyramid scheme?
Something tells me that the average Iraqi won't be particularly better off than under Hussein, and that many may find themselves in a worse situation. Considering how incredibly screwed living under Hussein was, that's an awfully damning statement. Right now in Iraq, Churchill's words ring hollow.