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I believe Iraq is one of the most important countries in the world right now, probably the second or third most important country in the Middle East.

It provides for a study and a contrast and is worth paying attention to. Because, IDK if it’s just me or not but there seems to be a news and information black out from Iraq. (more on that later) I hardly hear it mentioned anymore except in the most general and glossed over terms.

And a country that could determine the fate of the world (more on that later) I find this puzzling and disturbing.

If anyone does have any information on what is going on within Iraq and stuff I would be curious to see it.

Now why is Iraq important?

First and foremost it is a buffer, a buffer between Iran and a majority of the Middle East. It can provide a literal land gap between most of those countries. And has forced Iran to send warships around to the Suez canal to get to Syria. Look at a map of the Middle East sometime.

And more importantly it seems to be, seems to be because of news I have heard and the general lack of news that I have heard from Iraq, a buffer of stability in a realm of chaos.

Things have seemingly quieted down in Iraq for the most part, though there is still some violence and stuff going on. (Story )

Second it can provide an example of a more proper democracy, versus the bad one, or the idea of a proper Republic against a Democracy. Granted Iraq has a long way to go in this regard…but then so does Egypt.

Depending on what you believe, or what channels you watch, Iraq could be the home of the Anti Christ or any number of evils and centers of great prophecy and stuff.

But regardless they have a choice right now. To be the best of humanity probably since 1776 and to be a shining beacon of freedom and liberty in the world. Or to be the greatest darkness that has been unleashed on humanity in a while.

They have a choice to make as does everyone else but they have a choice to make. Because I do believe so goes Iraq, so goes the world.

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Many people in this country, and around the world, are seemingly seeing up what has happened in Egypt and what is currently going on throughout much of North Africa and the Middle East as the rise of a freedom movement.

That these revolutions will lead to the bringing of the ‘Arab world’ into modern times. That this is their version of 1776.

A time that will help advance human liberties and freedoms and bring that opportunity to people who have not had the chance to experience it for themselves…ever.

But we must honestly ask the question, is it? Is this really advancing human liberty and freedom?

We must honestly look at the situation and evaluate what is going on in order to make a reasonable judgment based on the facts.

You see any revolution or even any society can be divided into two parts: the leaders or the ‘government’ and the people. Again this is pretty basic understanding but it seems to work.

If you have the ideals and objectives of the people and the leadership more or less in cahoots, you can get anything done that you want to. Achieve any societal objective and pass any law and do anything that you want if the people can be…well persuaded, or if they come into it already agreeing with your world view.

This has happened time and time again.

However in any society or population the leadership can manipulate its people and play off their fears, hates, and anger and forge it into any shape.

Or it can be used to forge into something that can be a legitimate force for good as long as patience and reflection are being preached instead of a quick and easy solution and those of hate.

Peace versus violence.

And I do not see it here. Granted I am not on the ground and nor am I especially omnipotent and I do not see all the news and all the angles but for me I have not seen any alternative to the violence and the Jew hate and other aspects of this revolution that causes me concern.

I do not see the Washington’s or Adam’s or Martin Luther King’s.

I do not see the equivalent and a call for peace and love from at least the leadership and even many of the people on the ground in Egypt, and even elsewhere.

Believe me I want to and its not like I do not believe in its existence, I think it probably is there somewhere, but again I have not seen it.

And while it is always possible that they will end up becoming a ‘democracy’ the question becomes which one will they become, a tyrannical one or one that shares more values with the US?

Ultimately it remains to be seen.

But it is incumbent upon us in the United States and as a country to join in the battle field of ideas and try and have a proper dialogue on the battle field of ideas so the Egyptian people can be better equipped to chose.

We need to point at ourselves and what we have done and have an honest conversation, good and bad, and use us for an example of hope again. Us, Israel, and to a certain extent Iraq.

I do not know if we can do this. We have lost a lot of trust in the world and some of it is deserved. We have not always been perfect angels and the Egyptians and much of the Middle East to not view us favorably.

Andd we also face a huge budget and morality crisis here at home which lessons our moral and practical ability to do anything in these trouble spots.

But yet we have to try and we have to try to do something. Maybe not directly to Egypt or the Middle east but if we can again become a positively recognized beacon of light and an alternative to the chaos and insanity that is spreading across the world it could only be a good thing.

Lets show these tyrants, dictators, and madmen what freedom looks like.

A little while back I had a conversation with someone on one of the sites that I frequent about freedom and how utility prices have gone up markedly when his country tried to privatize them.

I have made reference to this conversation in a previous blog. And he continued on by saying that anyone who wants to cast out the Government want people to starve and die and not get the care they need. That apparently only the Government can do these things.

Now I disagree with this. I do not automatically assume things of those who want to make the Government Smaller, that they are evil and hate mongers and want to see all people die, heck I do not even do this for everyone who wants big Government.

Some of them have legitimate reasons for having the ideology that they have.

The answer to this quandary is, as I have mentioned in the past, that you cannot be Given Freedom.

No power, force, or man, in the universe can give yourself freedom. Only you can do it.

So the alternative to being just simply being handed freedom by others is to restore the individual.

Restore yourself and your thinking.

You see what people do not seem to realize, I will touch upon this much later, is that people just cannot handle freedom after years of slavery.

People, on the left, point to all the time every time a freedom granting measure fails, whether it is tax cuts or any other freedom granting thing, like getting the Government off your back.

And the prices go up and there is much angst and then people just come out of the wood work and says, ah ha! Freedom has failed. It cannot work let’s go back to the Government.

You see it has struck me as very interesting in what is going on right now, and the main difference between our two movements.

Progressives…well they progress. They grow Government slowly through centuries and decades and convince us that we need to join them in a…Big Government dream.

But it seems to me that far too many people on the Freedom side of the scale just expect everyone to be ‘granted’ freedom and then everything to be hunky dorey.

That it is like some sort of weird Greek myth where Gods can be born out of heads of other Gods fully clothed and in battle armor. It’s like John Adams Comments about George Washington in 1776.

People just expect for Freedom to come out fully formed and for us to go on our merry way.

I am sorry but its a gradual process.

We have to teach ourselves and our society how to be free again.

We have to come into freedom again and take responsibility for ourselves.

Because if we expect to have Freedom for ourselves we have to take the responsibility for ourselves to have it. Because personal Freedom comes hand in hand with personal responsibility. I mean its ironic in some ways and in some cases you get more liberty when the Government has enslaved you then in other ways.

Because you do not have to take responsibility for anything. It’s all the Government.

And once we learn how to restore ourselves, if we learn how to take responsibility for ourselves, if we learn how to help one another out then we can make it. It will be for good.

And once we learn how to be individuals then we can deal with ourselves as individuals. We can learn to think in individual terms.

Not in terms of Government or groups or people.

But individuals, one on one.

Our Character, our beliefs, and our ideologies as individuals.

If we can do that, then we might be able to do anything.

If we can learn to do this, then we can restore our community, our society, our culture, our schools, our Government, our Country, and then our World.

We can do it from the bottom up. Not with anyone giving us freedom, but for us to fix it for ourselves that we will not need anything from anyone.

Well at least no faceless Government, no party, or no agency.

That we can do these things for ourselves and then we can help each other.

They will not have to take responsibility for us. They will not have to take power over us. For we will have our freedoms and our responsibility and our power to strive for a better world.

That we can serve our humanity.

We must restore the individual.