Inside the Middle East
August 26, 2010
Posted: 1027 GMT

An injured woman is seen in her home following a car bomb in a residential neighbourhood in the southern holy city of Karbala (MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images)


Wednesday was a bloody day in conflict-worn Iraq.  Just days after the much hyped drawdown of American combat brigades at least 48 Iraqis were killed in bomb attacks in 13 cities spread throughout the entire country. 

The spike in violence is no surprise to many Iraqi citizens, who, as our Baghdad correspondent  Arwa Damon reports, are increasingly  fearful of a return to the "dark years" 

 Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) – "It's so bad, the security situation is so bad in Baghdad, Arwa, it really is you have to believe me," one of our maintenance staff said to me, his eyes welling with tears. 

In all my years here, even when the violence was at its worst, I have never seen him so distraught.... 

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christian   August 30th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Contrary to what Westerners have always thought about the virtues of bringing democracy to those who don't have it, since it is the "natural" state of man governing DOES NOT work in cultures who have no experience with it (democracy assumes individual responsibility for one's acts). Tribal structures, dictatorships, or absolute monarchies cannot function in a democratic fashion...and evolution toward democracy, even after the removal, one way or another, of the previous form of govt. doesn't see democracy emerging automatically. Democracy requires education, in all senses of the term. It would seem that all those years of colonialism in various parts of the world didn't sufficiently prepare the populations for self-govt. (gee, I wonder why not).

John A   August 31st, 2010 4:11 pm ET

Christian, yes Iraq should aspire to have American style democracy. It is not hard to achieve, just hand half their government over to the control of Goldman Sachs and let the other half be bought by whatever lobby has enough money.

Boarders between nations are for a reason i.e. we are not all the same and outsiders should keep their noses out.

Any chance of that Christian? Gee I wonder why not?

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