Democracy and the evolution of human rights
In Iraq and the Middle East, the liberal democracy has been a popular topic in policy making circles. It is often argued that processes of political liberalization and democratization have served to bring about peaceful co-existence. The successful processes can be emulated. To save the people of the Middle East and the Third World countries, it is quite vital to introduce a secular system of governance, so that true Islam returns to the center stage to inspire individuals with moral values, rather than kill people because of their beliefs. It is only within the democratic system that the population itself can draw up the laws that will rule and publicly control the three powers, the legislative power, and the power to propose and vote for laws. Every political system should protect every individual against the violation of basic humanitarian law in the name of Islam.
Using Islam as a means of achieving political objectives has proven unsuccessful. The principles they are resorting to in the name of Sunni or Shiia Islam have nothing to do with religion. Power is what motivates these groups not religion that, at its core, values human life above anything else. The success of Iran or ISIS in Iraq will result in a rogue state that would spread instability in the region as well as the West.
Political and Civil Rights are there to make sure that each citizen can participate without any restriction. This means that individuals should not fear any unjustified action. The most important rights, concern not only freedom of speech and freedom of the press but also freedom to hold meetings and to set up associations. The policies to overcome the security impasse in Iraq range from urgent pragmatic steps to longer term structural measures which should be concurrently planned and executed to achieve mutual reinforcement. The immediate objective for the Western and regional actors should be to block the mobility of jihadists, degrade their fighting capability, and facilitate humanitarian efforts. Risks are involved in expanding the United State of America’s action or getting the Europe Countries involved in the current crisis in Iraq and Syria, but it is a necessary risk if there is any chance of tipping the balance in favour of those who are for democracy and against terrorism in the region against those whose only aim is to extend hegemony through the mindless use of terrorist violence.
The United State air strikes against the terrorists are a very encouraging sign. Such a show of force has already helped the Iraqi political actors on the ground to work for an inclusive government undisturbed. The formation of a post- Maliki government, supported by the United States, has already shown some signs of success.