Define 'democracy' Marc Leb? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 29.10.09 | 01:52 (IST)

    Here we go again. Any dictionary can give you a definition of democracy, but the truth is that a democracy is what the citizens think it is. Iran was a 'democracy' but now many citizens feel it isn't. Lebanon and Israel are both democracies because the people generally are satisfied that they are democracies. Thus it is a bit feckless to start deeming one nation more of a democracy than another. Is India the 'best' democracy because it has a very high turnout? Or is Australia a better democracy because voting is mandatory? So long as most Israelis think they have a democracy and are happy with it, they have a democracy.

    from the article: Lebanon army dismantles 4 rockets aimed at Israel
    First published 19:49 27.10.09 | Last updated 15:08 02.11.09
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