Pete reads Dexter and says:
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
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