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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Democracy has Failed?

Another old school dictator has a civics lesson for the misguided Americans:
Iran's president declared in a letter to President Bush that democracy had failed worldwide...
I was curious what the letter said. My money was on a personal invitation to President Bush to convert to Islam. Instead, we get a lesson on the virtues of democracy and civil liberties.
Liberalism and Western-style democracy "have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity," according to the letter....
Of course, we must remember that when a fundamentalist like Ahmadinejad speaks of the "ideal of humanity" he has something entirely different in mind. He's not talking about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He's talking about the return of the Caliphate and the worldwide imposition of Islamic Law on society.

The irony here is rich:
Ahmadinejad also suggests that Bush should look inward, saying hatred is increasing worldwide of the United States, and history shows how "repressive and cruel governments do not survive."
Ahmadinejad proposes a litmus test by which Western democracies which elect new leaders every 4 or 5 years can be said to "fail", while totalitarian regimes that last for decades can be said to "succeed".

Democracy can only be said to fail when the people elect dictators.

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