Thursday, March 02, 2006

Let the Iraqis Be More Like the Swiss

Walter Williams correctly criticizes the misuse of the term 'Democracy' when one is actually referring to a representative constitutional republic.

..."In Iraq, Arabs are about 75 percent of the population, Kurds about 20 percent and Turkomen and Assyrian the balance. Religiously, Shia are about 60 percent of the population, Sunni 35 percent with Christian and other religions making up the balance. If a majority-rule democracy emerges, given the longstanding hate and distrust among ethnic/religious groups, it's a recipe for conflict. The reason is quite simple. Majority rule is a zero-sum game with winners and losers, with winners having the power to impose their wills on the minority. Conflict emerges when the minority resists."

"The ideal political model for Iraq is Switzerland's cantonal system. Historically, Switzerland, unlike most European countries, was made up of several different major ethnic groups -- Germans, French, Italians and Rhaeto-Romansch. Over the centuries, conflicts have arisen between these groups, who differ in language, religion (Catholic and Protestant) and culture. The resolution to the conflict was to allow the warring groups to govern themselves."

"Switzerland has 26 cantons. The cantons are divided into about 3,000 communes. Switzerland's federal government controls only those interests common to all cantons -- national defense, foreign policy, railways and the like. All other matters are controlled by the individual cantons and communes. The Swiss cantonal system enables people of different ethnicity, language, culture and religion to live at peace with one another. As such, Switzerland's political system is well suited to an ethnically and religiously divided country such as Iraq."...


It has long been known, but very poorly reported, that the Swiss-Americans are by far the most intelligent population, not only within the U.S., but throughout the world. (As Walter Williams must well know.) I think I will consider this deeply as I perform maintenance on my Swiss Army Knife and review its 834 functions. And I would rather watch 'Heidi' that suffer through a Jets game.

Cheese, anyone?

3 comments:

Clinton said...

"...It has long been known, but very poorly reported, that the Swiss-Americans are by far the most intelligent population..."

Isn't that being a little rascist? 0_0"

Steve said...

Impudent would be a better word!

tee bee said...

Like I said in my post, it would be nice if there were anyone in politics and bureaucracy who could appreciate this approach, let alone do anything about it...