As Pete notes our two big peacemakers have been ‘track twoing’ their experiences with Iraq. When it comes to peaceful societies, the Republic is streets ahead, running at number four in this Global Peace Index. It does pretty well in the Democracy index, scoring highly under Civil Liberties (10.00) and Electoral Process and Pluralism (9.58), and least well in, ahem, Political Participation (7.78). That would be the the content free, “Trust me, I’m a
politician, the government, the opposition”, thing.
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