Iraq: freedom, anarchy, and democracy

The invasion of Iraq changed that country from a dictatorship to an anarchical state. I wonder how many Iraqis would gladly trade anarchy for a dictatorship more benign than Saddam’s. A period of relative safety and peace joined with some economic improvement might tempt many people.

The injustice of creating a state of anarchy for the Iraqis through blind ambition, ignorance of the work and time it takes to build a democratic state, and incompetence and corruption on a massive scale ought to leave its mark on the minds of Americans. I wonder if it will though. Saying you are for freedom and democracy masks more convenient motives such as assuring your own economic interests are taken care of and creating a state of fear that bodes well for your own political aspirations.

Let us assume the future for Iraq remains bright; that is, Iraq will pass from dictatorship, through anarchy, and then democracy. A question that ought to be asked is whether there was a better way, a way where the toll of human misery was greatly lessened. Or will the mistake be repeated whenever the convenience for an outside conquerer coincides with democracy building?

In one sense the U.S. has created the ultimate in freedom for Iraqis–anarchy. You cannot get anymore free than that.

Published in: on October 16, 2007 at 7:50 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. German Anarchists need help from United Anarchists urgently!

    Dear Sisters and Brothers of United Anarchists!

    We have reached a breaking point in Germany and we can break a wall. But we need any support by the whole Community of United Anarchists for that!

    So I have opened a site just for that, You can get there by the main-page of

    It isn´t a German affair only: Germany is the starting point only, and it is absolutely necessary that the whole world will see what is the power of United Anarchists!

    The German SS-Satanists are writing again and again in Internet: “There are no Anarchists who are fighting for the positions which Sobottka does declare! He is standing just alone and he is crazy only!”

    Dear Sisters and Brothers, please use all Your means to spread my call for help, and please give Your own best: Only in true Community we are able to fight down the Devil and to open holy Gates on Earth for mankind, but in true Community we will get that both!

    I love You!


    Winfried Sobottka, a speaker of German Anarchists in FRG and Austria and a member of United Anarchists.

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