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Thursday, March 11, 2004

What if the Democracy we want isn't the one we get?

http://slate.msn.com/id/2096916/

There's a very real possibility that in free elections, Iraqis would elect Islamic fundamentalists. Same with Afghanis. If this happens, and they democratically and fairly elect a government hostile to the U.S., then what have we accomplished, exactly? And if that happens, can we logically deny that government?

We claim to be for democracy in the region, but what if the democracy we get isn't the one we want? What if it likes us less than Saddam or the Taliban?

I don't know the answers, but I consider those important questions. Any thoughts?

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