Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Saddam Hussein Had Millions of Acres of Land

     His top flunkies, too, had lots and lots of stuff.  Who has it now? 

     One of the reasons the new Iraq will fail as a Republic is that it was beyond mental power of ideologues like Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Cheney to see that some amount of "land reform" after a dictatorship is not only a good thing, but necessary.

     I suspect it was all given to the government, which will help the next government institute a tyranny, perhaps Chalabi dreamed of living in the Palaces where the US soldiers live today, and handing out 10,000 acres here, a square mile there, to each and all of those who most pleased him.

     From Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws, a modestly not-short section called In What Manner the Laws Establish Equality in a Democracy, which includes a general consideration of land reform, dowries, and equalization.  The Republic established in Iraq was to be Aristocratic, and not Democracy, but the principle would simply similar.

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