Adding a more recent example of the difficulty in developing a democratic society, is an article in the Washington Post Iraq Is a Mess. But Germany Was, Too, by David Stafford, author of "Endgame 1945: The Missing Final Chapter of World War II."
And if that is not enough to reflect upon. Here is a post by LT G in Iraq, who gives a lesson in the Rules of Engagement . Irony would have it that his latest post, relates to Barnett's lesson on America's founding. Dead Guy Quote (10) .