June 20, 2024

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Iraq: Democratic Imperialism Turned into a Nightmare

Iraq: Democratic Imperialism Turned into a Nightmare

We are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq War, when the US-led coalition invaded the country, accusing it of involvement in the September 11 attacks and of being on the verge of producing weapons. Catastrophe, making it a threat to world balance.

Today we know that these allegations are based on false propaganda on the part of the US.


This does not mean that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was the nominated country. It is a brutal dictatorship that oppresses its own people. Unfortunately there are many. Do you need to intervene every time?

How to explain this invasion?

The reason for the oil is often mentioned. But not only that but also not the first.

Led by so-called neoconservatives, this battle is ideological. It is based on the so-called theory of democratic dominoes.

In the minds of its promoters, all that was needed was to invade a country, remove its dictator, install a democratic regime there, and replace the entire Middle East with Western democracy.

This belief is based on a misunderstanding of the history of civilizations.

It is not enough to mandate that a country be transformed from a bombshell to a democracy, especially if its culture is not ready for it.

Democracy is the fruit of a civilization, not a universal manifestation.


This destabilization of the region led to the rise of the Islamic State a few years later, wreaking havoc as we know it.

This mistake was repeated in Libya in 2011, this time leading to a massive migration crisis that destabilized Europe.

Democratic imperialism has become a nightmare. 20 years from now, we’re not sure we’ll know.

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