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Separation between Mosque and State

Reader comment on item: U.S. Needs To Learn Patience [in Iraq]

Submitted by Marcos Berenstein (Brazil), Nov 30, 2004 at 21:42

The real issue as far as any Arab/Muslim nation aspiring to become a democracy is the separation between Mosque and State.
Turkey's Kemal Atartürk did understand the problem successfully back in 1923 and afterwards; The intended Iraqi elections will pick representatives from Iraq's several sects,religious groups in order to make a CONSTITUTION. This, my friends, will be the CORE of Iraq's future. If the majority of the representatives put forward a religious, koranic guided agenda, the Iraqi democracy will ABORT. Both Shia and Sunni Iraquis'll hopefully understand what lies ahead depending on their choices. They'll try and become another Turkey or another Iran,their northern and eastern neighbours.

As the vast majority (about 60%) of the Iraqis are Shia, heavily influenced by the sectary regime of Teheran, I wonder if they actually wants a democracy or another Sharia-ruled government.

We'll find out soon.
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