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Middle East Democracy

jimmylynn Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 2:10 PM
Each country has a right of self determination. If countries in the Middle East want to live under a Republic or a dictatorship, they will choose their own path, just as we did. What we should do is influence them by example. If they like our form of government, they can demand it themselves, they don't need our help or interference. We do have our own interest to protect, thus we must conduct our global affairs with whatever government or leadership these countries have in place.
rpm Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 5:02 PM
"Each country has a right of self determination."

Wow, where did that come from?
Jay Wye Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 3:10 PM
many if not most countries do NOT get to -choose- between democracy and dictatorship or tyranny.
Here's the first paragraph of my last year's column "Democracy Is Impossible":

"After Moammar Gadhafi's downfall as Libya's tyrannical ruler, politicians and 'experts' in the U.S. and elsewhere, including French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, are saying that his death marked the end of 42 years of tyranny and the beginning of democracy in Libya. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Gadhafi's death represented an opportunity for Libya to make a peaceful and responsible transition to democracy. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, 'Now it is time for Libya's Transitional National Council to show the world that it will respect the rights of all...

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