When it comes to the Middle East and Latin America, we should settle for good enough

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Democracy is an end-state not a cure-all. American officials need to get used to the fact that countries like Iraq and Brazil won’t make the same choices as Americans do, just because they’re allowed to vote. Their culture won’t let them.

We should settle for a government that provides food, electricity, adequate security and education. And if the government doesn’t plunder the people’s money, that’s a big plus, too. To ask more of democratic elections will urge intervention in unalterable and dangerous places, like Afghanistan.


2 thoughts on “When it comes to the Middle East and Latin America, we should settle for good enough

    Mr. Roach said:
    September 23, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I would simply settle for those that don’t attack or us or harbor those that would.

    magus71 responded:
    September 23, 2009 at 5:30 am

    True, though the more virulent forms of Islam and Marxism have preyed upon the fact that a given country’s government failed to provide the necessities of life. It was actually Soviet doctine to target countries with corrupt and inept governments, that’s why we saw and still see so many Central American countries with Marxist regimes. In the Middle East, Islam was able to keep the Marxists at bay; Pakistan’s ISI (Interstate Intelligence) for example, made sure that the Soviets lost in Afghanistan, and most of it was because they couldn’t stand the thought of having atheists for neighbors.

    “Insurgent leadership or traditional authority figures often use real or perceived injustices to drive an insurgency”~US Army Counterinsurgency Handbook

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