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The International Supply Chain Security Regime and the Role of Competent International Organizations

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What we have seen in the Middle East is that when you promote democracy through free-elections, is that Islamism, not Islam, is gaining strength. Islamist parties have come to power. Islamism is an idolatry, and does not represent the religion. There is nothing wrong with the Islamism itself, but problems start when Islamism is used as a political instrument. How do you think we will cope with democracy in the Middle East without first secularizing the region? How do you reconcile secularization and democratization? What is your assessment regarding their identity right now: do they identify themselves as Iraqis or do they regard themselves as Shiites, Kurds, or Sunnis? How is the esprit de corps among the troops? This chapter presents the edited transcript of question and answer session presented by CDR James Kraska.

Keywords: democracy; Iraq intervention; Islamist parties; James Kraska; official US rationale; Shiites; Sunnis



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