Democracy in Iraq appears to mean they will effectively be an extension of Iran with a Shiite Islamic religious government. A deal between the country's two biggest Shiite Muslim alliances has allowed them to squeeze out the Sunni-backed secularists from controlling power in the government. So despite our best efforts at nation building, it looks like Iraq will be another Islamist state. I don't expect this development will change our plans for the U.S. Army to bug-out of Iraq. This will no-doubt make for even more chaos in that war-torn country.
In the midst of chaos, people tend to choose a strong law-and-order government over freedom. We have seen this over and over in history with the Nazis, Stalin, and more recently with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hamas in Gaza. Islam with their Sharia Law makes for the sternest law-and-order government around. And the Islamist approach of intimidating people to follow them and not tolerating any other religion has been very effective in gaining converts.
I believe the religion of the Antichrist will be some form of Islam. Since all the world will worship the Antichrist, there has to be some religion that forces the people to submit. By the way, Islam means "submission." Besides Islam, the only other candidates for a world-wide religion are secular humanism and some new age form of apostate Christianity. I do not see either of these prevailing against Islam. We have seen how the secularists are faring in Iraq. And false Christianity has no power without the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 13:4 says, "So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" (NKJ) This is what we are seeing today with Islam. As God removes his restraint of evil in the world, there will be more chaos and thus more opportunity for Islam to flourish.
I am convinced that the Rapture of the Church occurs during a time of chaos among the nations. I don't look forward to more chaos, but it is a comfort to remember that God has a plan for us as we see increasingly chaotic times.