If this is the cost to be a ‘democratic country’…

Below is the excerpt of an article from The Independent, which discloses the secret negotiation of a treaty between US and Iraq.

“Under the terms of the new treaty, the Americans would retain the long-term use of more than 50 bases in Iraq. American negotiators are also demanding immunity from Iraqi law for US troops and contractors, and a free hand to carry out arrests and conduct military activities in Iraq without consulting the Baghdad government.”

“Mr Bush is determined to force the Iraqi government to sign the so-called “strategic alliance” without modifications, by the end of next month…The US is adamantly against the new security agreement being put to a referendum in Iraq, suspecting that it would be voted down.”

For Americans, this is a great deal–with the soaring gas price, who cares about the benefits of Iraqis? Yet, to all the self-righteous, (American) patriotic democracy chasers out there, next time, think of the imposition of the unequal treaty before you preach or criticise.

If losing sovereignty, dignity, independence and even the right of being safe and happy is the cost of becoming a ‘democratic country’, or a democratic COLONY, I don’t see how Saddam or Hitler can be labeled as worse–after all, it’s all about the law of the jungle.


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