Monday, April 19, 2004
Democracy, theocracy or a dictatorship?: One of the standard complaints from the loony left has been regarding America's practice of realpolitik over the years. The United States has periodically supported dictatorships based on the principle that a stable dictatorship is better than communism or a nation in chaos.
President Bush is determined to create a democracy in Iraq. Others, including the presumptive Democrat Party nominee, don't have such high ideals.
Sen. John. F. Kerry on Wednesday stressed that the chief interest of the U.S. should be to build a stable Iraq, but not necessarily a democratic one — a view at odds with President Bush's vision of the troubled country's political future.
"I have always said from day one that the goal here … is a stable Iraq, not whether or not that's a full democracy," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told reporters after conducting a town hall meeting at the City College of New York in Harlem. "I can't tell you what it's going to be, but a stable Iraq. And that stability can take several different forms."
Iraq won't be a true democracy on June 30 -- it will certainly take years, and possibly even decades. However, it's unfortunate that the leader of the Democrat Party is so unconcerned about promoting Democracy around the world.