Democracy in Middle East Overly Ambitious or Just Stupid - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jane
    • 05.08.07 | 23:51 (IDT)

    I haven't decided yet if the whole democracy in the Middle East thing was well meaning albeit overly ambitious, or just plain stupid and naive.I believe if you really want to promote democracy you start from the bottom up by electing local representatives, dog catchers, and councilmen, and not from the top down as is the case in Iraq. Many scholars of the subject agree so my only question is is the US government completely clueless about the region and really stupid or was the whole thing just a pretense and a load of crap to make us go along? In a region accustomed to strong-arm dictators and bloody terrorists are the people really worthy of democracy? Take Gaza as an example of what terrorist maniacs do with democratic elections. They use them to take power to promote radical theocratic rule sharia rules. That doesn't say much for US promotion of democracy in the region.A democratic Saudi Arabia? I don't think so.Maybe in another 1000 years or so...

    from the article: The mysteries of American logic
    First published 00:00 05.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.08.07
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