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Subject: Re: cheers for the liberation. Not. Date: 4/4/2003 7:39 AM
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That's true Doctor Bombay, but it's not an arb country. My point is essentially that there is no nascent democratic movement in any arb country. Many arbs do not regard democracy as the panacea that the west regards it. I have been following the debate about the wr and for policy in the region and what really worries me is that many americans do not seem to realise how they are viewed over here. They also do not seem to realise which parts of their for policy make them so hated. One of the problems is that many of the borders of these countries were drawn up in the forties and fifties by colonial powers. The failure of arb's flirtation with communism during the cold war and the subsequent collapse of the soviet block has left a vacuum which has been filled by fundmtlsm. There is a huge distrust of western secular democracy and very little appetite for it. Trying to impose it via a military campaign merely reinforces the stereotype of the us as a regional bully and colonial over lord. As I have said before, playing the role of the po faced brutish oppressor, formerly played during Northern Ireland by a Brit, is a PR catastrophe.
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