BA, QR332 and all the other Arab members...what are your thoughts?
My thoughts are that this is very good news and minorities should always have their rights protected regardless of their religious backgrounds.
I have always felt that minorities add a nice flavor to a nation's culture. Rather then be all the same, it is nice to see minorities.
The key is tolerance and understanding between each other.
However, I believe it doesn't have to be Iraqi Christians who go and protect other Iraqi Christians.
It should be Iraqis protecting everyone regardless of their religious backgrounds and ethnicities.
If there is going to be a division, Iraqi Christians helping Iraqi Christians while Iraqi Muslims helping Iraqi Muslims, etc. this division can be dangerous in the long run and lead to intolerance and tensions. Sectarianism is not healthy. This is also an issue that is faced in Lebanon and many are trying to fight it and bring people closer together and make Lebanese look at each other as Lebanese regardless of religion.
Extremism needs to be fought on all sides.
Getting to the issue of Iraq. I am not convinced that it will become a truly democratic state...but a state to serve for the US' agendass. But we will see...
I really would like to be proven wrong. Time will tell...
If it is indeed becomes a democratic state, then it should be secular. I have always been pro-secularism.
However, if it does become an Islamic Republic. Do not assume that minority rights will disappear or their rights will be abused. Under a TRUE Islamic Republic (run under Islamic Shariah law), all minorities, the people of the book (Christians and Jews) are to be protected and their rights are to be protected.
However, when religion gets involved in politics, corruption almost always arises, which is why I have always been a strong advocate in separation of religion and state which is why I am a secularist.
Saudi Arabia is truly not an Islamic state, even if they claim to be. Their rules and policies are in violation of so many Islamic rules. In addition, they are a monarchy. Monarchies are forbidden in Islam. Technically, the only form of government acceptable in Islam is a government run by the people with leaders who are elected by the people, so yes...a democracy. This is why you hear the term Islamic Republic coined a lot.
There are three Islamic Republics I can think of. The Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Although Iran is far from democratic and is controled by corrupted mullahs, they do hold elections, but the leaders who are elected and the parliament are weak and are always overruled by the religious mullahs.
I'll bet that if this post was about Muslim minorities there would have been more replies by some members ...
Marco, don't assume anything... This week and next week are finals week and I don't have time to look at these forums. This is the first time I look at the Non-Aviation forum since the weekend, so cut me some slack.
I do not have time to follow this thread. I've said what I want I say.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran