For many Iraqis, Syria is a secular haven

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The March 30 editorial "What the Iraqis are building" praised Iraq's recent election and favorably compared Iraq's political system with that of its neighbors.

The editorial maligned Syria as an alleged hereditary fiefdom, but Syria was more of a haven for the dispossessed of Iraq than Iraq's so-called democracy.

I'll buy into the new Iraqi system of democracy when the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis living in Syria vote with their feet and return to Iraq. Until then we should remember that Syria is more secular than Iraq.

In Iraq, democracy is being used as an instrument of majority rule without minority protection. Unchecked, this is a form of systemic injustice that is worse than despotism.

Ayman Hakki, Washington

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