Levy's (and other's) distorted definition of democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dov Bienstock
    • 26.03.07 | 20:48 (IST)

    There is a lot of balderdash going around these days, echoed by Mr. Levy, about how 'democratic' regimes should be 'respected'. A democracy allows the people of a nation indicate the manner in which they want to be represented and treated by their governments. One major benefit of a democracy is that the resultant regime can be then viewed by outsides as an expression of the will of its citizens. When we say we 'respect' a democratic system we are saying that that we 'respect' that it reflects the will of the people. There is, however, nothing that demands of us to automatically 'respect' the choices made by the democratic process. On the contrary, if the democratic process has resulted in a myopic and ill-considered choice (see Palestine) then we are more justified in condemning the regime than if it had mean formed by dictatorial powers. In the latter case we can shrug it off as a result of the whims of those in power. As such, the world is perfectly justified in shunning Hamas.

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    First published 00:00 26.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.03.07
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