Bush's Pursuit of Democracy Can't Bring Freedom to Anyone
By Debi Ghate
After 9/11, Bush vowed to destroy the regimes that attack America. Instead he's on a crusade for democracy in the Middle East. What has that achieved? Afghanistan, where a man can face the death penalty for what he thinks. Iraq, where tribal gangs kill each other because they go to different mosques. Palestinian territories, where a brutal terrorist group, Hamas, gets to be in charge. And Iran, where a belligerent theocracy bent on destroying Israel and the United States continues developing nuclear weapons unopposed.
Bush's pursuit of democracy, where the unfettered majority rules regardless of whose individual rights are trampled, can't bring freedom to anyone. Democracy has led those who choose submission to Allah as their way of life back to where they started--a primitive society that shuns the mind, abhors Western values and cries "Jihad" against America. Except, of course, that this time they voted.