Posted by: Jennifer | June 21, 2005

wanted: more enemies

I’m a huge supporter of the democratic process. The idea that a people could have a voice and with that voice say how they want their lives to be run is probably one of the greatest concepts to ever be created. But what works for one does not work for someone else, and I think that the U.S. Secretary of State needs to keep that in mind before she starts shooting her mouth off again.

Would it be nice if all countries in the world were democratic? Absolutely. Is it the responsibility of the United States to ensure that all countries are democratic? No. The U.S. should definitely be an observer in the process, and perhaps lend a hand when it is asked for, but that should be the extent of it. True democracy cannot happen at the point of a gun, and the U.S. has a habit of trying to change that. All of this is especially ironic when you consider that Dubya delivered an address on January 20th (that would be the inauguration, btw) saying that democracy would not be forced on the unwilling. Apparently, the rest of that sentence should have read “Just so long as it doesn’t benefit us.”

As history has shown time and time again, when the citizens of a country are ready for a change, they will let us know. Until that time, it is probably not a good idea to go around and tell them that they really do want a change but just don’t know it yet. All that will do is bred resentment, and this is one part of the world that the U.S. really can’t afford to have more enemies in.

When Egypt and Saudi Arabia are ready to become democratic nations, if that ever happens at all, I’m sure that the United States will be the first to know. In the meantime, it is probably not the wisest course of action to start delivering ultimatiums that these countries will become democratic “or else”. Once you start hearing that, you start wondering who the dictator in this story really is.


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