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Submitted by H. Yazdi (United States), Mar 9, 2005 at 21:04

The situation in the middle east is such that there are no institutions of democracy in those countries. One has to remember Germany after 1919 and the fate of the Weimar Republic to be cautious in praising the recent developements in the Middle East. The only way to secure democracy in those countries is to have 100,000 or more American troops stationed in each country to guard them against the tyranical forces of Islamists. The Islamists are the only ones who have any base in those countries. Remember that the dictatorial regimes in those countries have not allowed any other organisations to establish themselves or to grow. Only religion has a base there, which is their mosques. The situation in Iran is a good example of how the Mullahs stole the revolution.
The United States will be better served if it promotes democratization of those countries in a step-by-step fashion; first municipal elections, then election of pariament and finally allowing the people to express their desire to change the nature of government if they chose to do so. Of course, the government of the US should keep a watchful eye on transparency and honesty of the electoral process.

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