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  •  Those are some great points... (6+ / 0-)

    namely, you can't create a judiciary overnight especially in the wake of a totalitarian state.  The judicial system in the Kurdish region is considerably better after more than a decade, but even there, the public defender system is horrible and justice is frighteningly arbitrary. It will require another decade before it approaches Jordanian or even Turkish (criminal, not political0 standards.

    And it should be pretty clear to everyone that elections alone don't make a democracy.  

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