22
Mrz
2005

A republic, not a democracy

by Pat Buchanan

The American Conservative

If Bush believes he and we are popular in the Islamic world, why has he not scheduled a grand tour of Rabat, Cairo, Beirut, Amman, Riyadh, and Islamabad to rally the masses to America's side, rather than preaching democracy at them from the White House? If one-man, one-vote democracy came suddenly to the Arab world, every pro-American ruler in the region would be at risk of being swept away. Yet there is a larger issue here than misreading the Arab mind. Whence comes this democracy-worship, this belief by President Bush that 'the voice of the people ought to be determining policy?' Would Bush himself let a poll of Americans decide how long we keep troops in Iraq? Would he submit his immigration policy to popular vote? (for publication 03/28/05)

//www.amconmag.com/2005_03_28/buchanan.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
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