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in response to reader comment: Democracies do make war on each other

Submitted by Walter (United States), Jan 27, 2006 at 15:35

Prof. Hinich asserts that democracies sometimes war against one another, citing two wars with Canada and another with Mexico as examples. It is praiseworthy to back assertions with evidence - so long as the evidence cited is pertinent. The United States conducted military operations in Canada during the War of 1812. At that time it was a British colony. What he had in mind as the second war eludes me, unless it was the French and Indian War. Then France ruled Canada and what is now the United States was a British colony. Mexico was not an independent nation, much less a democracy, in the 1840s.

If I missed something, I'd be chastened and enlightened to find out what it was.
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