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Submitted by John (United States), Mar 2, 2006 at 01:09


What the heck does that mean? "Go back to Muslim controlled"? Iraq is 90% Muslim. Every govt in Iraq would be controlled by Muslims. If you meant Islamic theocracy (not "Muslim controlled"), then Saddam was a secular socialist. Iraq was not theocracy under Saddam.

You know what I mean. Here's the context:

===.....Iraq can go to where it was before in terms of leadership, meaning another Saddam Hussein surfaces. Or Iraq can go to a Muslim state in the near future as a result of the civil war if we ignore it. Why do we care if it goes back to a Muslim controlled government? ==== and more as it continues

There is such as thing as separation of church and state. By saying Muslim controlled government, considering the popularity of the notoriority of the Muslim religion actually running the government, laws based on Islam as a result of totalitarian and fascist ruling or not,as opposed to democracy or not, unlike the separation of church and state like here in the US, it meant a particular religion, Islam, controlling the government, as opposed to people's religion not playing a role.

You might also complain "what the heck does that mean? Christian politicians and lawmakers in the US also shape laws and rules in the US, you're wrong again. Context, remember, context, what a person means. I do not not have to put the phrase "by and large" or "rules rather than exception" for a reader who actually can understand the body of the message. And I do not have to put it in terms of degree. You cannot even compare the degree of the role of religion in government between the US and many parts of the Middle East. The phrase "by and large" is the key my friend. In other words, given the context of my message, it means religion, Islam, running the government as opposed to in the case of the US or the west where religion of the people running the government, as opposed to Islam, plays little role. I believe, and I might be wrong, that the US can instill more separation of church and state in Iraq by imposing democracy, even though Islam is the religion of most of it's inhabitants. We do not want another Afghanistan or a government ran the way Saddam ran it.


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