Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Support Democracy In Iraq

Simon has a new campaign:
Power and Control: I Support Democracy In Iraq

There are several levels of democracy a nation can employ, and several forms a democratic government can take. Supporting democracy in Iraq does not mean insisting, or even hoping, that Iraq form a nation similar to that of the United States or any other country.

Democracy also doesn't necessarily imply respect for human rights, although it tends to do that. Respect for human rights doesn't necessarily imply democracy, even though all people have the human right to self government on some level. A wise autocrat, for instance, takes the will of the people into account, especially the will of those most affected by a given decision.

To paraphrase Churchill, democracy is not perfect, but it's the best we can do so far.

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