Filkins is right about what constitutes democracy. But Iraq actually has those things: elections, compromises between groups, newspapers and political parties, and more. He is correct that these things are in their infancy, and hence these achievements, while heartening and even unprecedented, are still fragile. And there are miles and miles to go before Iraq can be considered a strong, stable, flourishing society. But a young democracy is still a democracy. And while we cannot know the future, we can say with some confidence that Iraq is finally on the mend, something which was thought virtually impossible just 18 months ago.
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