Our first priority is democracy, but the Arabs' first priority is "justice." The oft-warring Arab tribes are all wounded souls, who really have been hurt by colonial powers, by Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, by Arab kings and dictators, and, most of all, by each other in endless tribal wars. For Iraq's long-abused Shiite majority, democracy is first and foremost a vehicle to get justice. Ditto the Kurds. For the minority Sunnis, democracy in Iraq is a vehicle of injustice. For us, democracy is all about protecting minority rights. For them, democracy is first about consolidating majority rights and getting justice.
Just read the first part of the Iraqi constitution: it isn't about securing rights -- it's about Islam and legislating god's will.
Such a constitution has little chance of being the basis of a liberal republic.
Now Bush is talking about sending more troops in. Its far too late for late. Even 50,000 more troops means about 11-13,000 more combatants -- tops. That simply isn't gonna make a difference. Shia and Sunni want to kill each other -- its out of our hands.