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How the US is supporting dictatorship and terrorism

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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), May 20, 2003 at 06:01

Democracy doesn't start at the government level, but at the people level. It is illusory to install, or support, some sort of democratic government in a country where people are living on tribal systems, dominated by corrupted habits. On the other hand, it is but natural for people living in a free environment to promote a decision system that relies on the majority's opinion.

Of course, there are exceptions, but in the vast majority of cases, so my hypothesis, democracy will flourish better and more rapidly if we support the basic attributes of a free country rather than the instruments of its government. For instance, in Iraq, after the military action, the US should have provide police forces, in order to insure security, and engineering assistance, in order to provide the most necessary resources, and it should have let his fingers away from all potential political leaders.

For the most part of the US, it is enough, though, to defeat the obvious evil-doers. The rest of the job is to be done by the locals, backed by the UN. This position sure looks defendable at first sight. And as the US is a democratic country… But if we accept the hypothesis that democracy needs freedom to rise, in the first place, we see that the action of the US is seconding rather dictatorship than democracy. Well, this is at least the point of view of many people too. Of those who support terrorism, more or less actively, for instance.

Democracy is a gift. Truly. But you cannot throw even such a beautiful gift at someone's face. Then it becomes a weapon. Then it will launch aggressive feelings.

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Response to comments [180 words]Faisal AlotaibiDec 26, 2005 19:5530599
There is a great need for this kind of information (education) [115 words]
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Islamic Emirate of Arabia? [507 words]John PowerAug 5, 2004 19:4716249
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Make a deal with the devil? [25 words]AviMay 19, 2003 18:479126
Bad News? [122 words]Alain Jean-MairetMay 16, 2003 09:439104
The complexity of Saudi Arabia's internal situation [425 words]
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Long Over-Due Explanation [76 words]Jacob BurkeyMay 15, 2003 17:589092
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Women in Islamism [126 words]
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A better choice [135 words]Tom PensylMay 15, 2003 09:019084
On what basis? [41 words]John GridleyMay 15, 2003 07:309082
The U.S. should stay out of it [197 words]DiannaMay 15, 2003 07:159081
Another Alternative [11 words]Paul M. NevilleMay 15, 2003 06:019080
Oh man oh man................. [78 words]Devon HillMay 15, 2003 01:559079
Sponsorship of Wahhabi organizations abroad [54 words]William KinneyMay 14, 2003 22:219073
USA and the west should stop the war in Arab land. [98 words]Humphrey W.WalelaNov 19, 2008 03:249073
From al Sa'ud to al Thani [286 words]AvrahamMay 14, 2003 20:439072
Confrontation [55 words]Gene BehlMay 14, 2003 20:089071
Thanks [156 words]Annabel FrostMay 14, 2003 18:309070
The end game [373 words]jmsMay 14, 2003 16:599067
Support the royal family again? [54 words]Edmund JamesMay 14, 2003 16:519066
Your article "Arabia's Civil War" [105 words]M.DunskyMay 14, 2003 16:279065
Incredibly good [143 words]Ilona MelstradsMay 14, 2003 15:119062
Hydrogen is the answer [64 words]Lucas J. MeyerMay 14, 2003 15:079061
Neither good [83 words]George El MasriMay 14, 2003 14:439060
The Ikhwan-inspired enemy [38 words]Hank ArtzeMay 14, 2003 13:519058
By What Saudi Acts is the Regime Distinguished from Al Qaeda? [98 words]Brad ClovenMay 14, 2003 12:389055

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