Sunday, November 13, 2005
Iraq, Beacon of Democracy?
The Arab world doesn't seem impressed by Iraq's "one less man, one less vote" approach to democracy:|
Some delegates to the meeting saw Egypt's objections as a reflection of the Arab world's growing irritation with what some say is the lecturing tone of American calls for democracy. United States involvement in Iraq plays a part in that: the Arab world is not persuaded by the administration's portrayal of Iraq, which Secretary Rice visited on Friday, as a beacon for democracy.I guess Karen Hughes gets added to the list of failed Bush League cronies promoted past their level of incompetence.
Rather, they say, Iraq represents the perils of imposing democracy from outside. Its violence is widely seen as offering a cautionary tale rather than an inspiration, American officials acknowledge.
(Source: New York Times Meeting of Muslim Nations Ends in Discord, Nov. 13, 2005 [emphasis added.])