Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Is Democracy Always A Good Thing?

Sometimes realpolitik must intrude on our idealistic intentions. While democracy is worth championing around the world, it is more important to support the forces of liberty and freedom. Democracy alone is not enough:
Islamic fundamentalists who oppose U.S. interests in the Middle East have benefited from the U.S. policy of promoting democracy, making significant gains in recent elections.
Promoting democracy should "obviously" be part of U.S. policy, says Richard Haass, a senior State Department official in
President Bush's first term. But there's debate about whether it is outweighing other foreign policy goals, he says.
That is a very worthwhile debate.