"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." - Jane The problem with democracy - which is why our current supreme leader ran to the Supreme Court to have himself appointed Resident - is that the people might just vote in their own interest instead of that of the ruling class of America. We might be able to flip a switch and have control of the election results in Ohio in 2004 turned over to the RNC's web servers, (no wonder Rove wasn't worried), but that can't happen if you have honest elections verified by extensive world monitoring as in either Iraq or Venezuela. Thus the kind of democracy favored by American conservatives is impossible in the ME (except under the likes of Saddam who liked his elections fixed as does our Resident Bush). What do you want Jane? "Democracy" which is rule by the people? Or "democracy" which is rule by the elite who control the press and advertising?
from the article: The mysteries of American logic