Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bush Hates Democracy

Has there ever been a more undemocratic US President than George W. Bush?

He came to the presidency through undemocratic means.
He's trying to force democracy on Iraq at gunpoint, with thus far disasterously violent results.
He and his agents have worked to undermine or overthrow democratically-elected regimes in Venezuela, Bolivia, Haiti, and now in the Palestinianian Territories.

JERUSALEM, Feb. 13 — The United States and Israel are discussing ways to destabilize the Palestinian government so that newly elected Hamas officials will fail and elections will be called again, according to Israeli officials and Western diplomats.
The intention is to starve the Palestinian Authority of money and international connections to the point where, some months from now, its president, Mahmoud Abbas, is compelled to call a new election. The hope is that Palestinians will be so unhappy with life under Hamas that they will return to office a reformed and chastened Fatah movement.

As Steve says, this is the more stupid of two clear options for bringing about the desired change. If the US and Israel actively participate in attempting to cause Hamas's downfall, it will only make Hamas into martyrs, guaranteeing an increase in their popularity. The smarter option, assuming Hamas is planning a ruinous build-up of its militias, is to let them fail to deliver the services to their people. Then they will be weakened organically, and can be defeated through natural democratic (or at least homegrown) procedures.

Will the Bush people ever learn that they have neither the right, nor the ability to chose other nations' leaders?

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