January 31, 2006 |
THE UNITED STATES is not drawing the right lessons from Hamas' victory in the Palestinian elections. President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted that they underestimated Hamas' strength and made it clear that they had hoped for a different outcome. But that's not the critical issue. The bigger point is that Hamas' victory reveals a major strategic deficiency in the American design for democracy in the Middle East.
January 30, 2005 |
Today, Iraqis are summoning their courage and casting their ballots in a bold act of suffrage. But it remains unclear whether their bravery will put Iraq on the road to democracy, much less whether the election heralds a new era of participatory government in the Middle East as promised by the Bush administration. Iraqis and international observers alike are divided in their expectations of today's balloting.
January 3, 2005
Re "Exporting the Ukraine Miracle," Commentary, Dec. 30: Max Boot gushes about the ability of outsiders to impose democracy on other countries. It seems that Boot is overstating the case in Afghanistan, where much of the country remains in the hands of warlords, and completely ignoring that wonderful petri dish of imported democracy known as Iraq. It's understandable, though. Boot and his exuberant neocon artistes have to thrust Iraq aside so that we can be lulled into another false sense of confidence that our national security depends on military intervention in Iran.
April 11, 2004 |
Only two decades ago, with the big exception of Japan, most of Asia's 39 nations rated poorly on international indexes of democratic freedom and civil liberties. Dictatorships in some form included South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, all of which are now either parliamentary democracies or republics struggling with some form of democratic governance. Today, Asian democracies like Taiwan and the Philippines rank with the U.S. and Britain in terms of freedom of the press.
May 1, 2003
A thunderous applause in response to your April 29 editorial "Tell the Truth on Weapons" and Robert Scheer's "Are We Dumb or Just Numb?" (Commentary). The Bush administration has lied to the American public and the world. I feel betrayed by our government. No weapons of mass destruction have been found. The United Nations inspectors were correct. Who knows how many other lies the administration has told us and will tell in the future. I hope that the American public will clamor for truth, honesty, integrity and justice -- just a few of the hallmarks of true democracy.
April 21, 2002
The political crisis in Venezuela is not a local problem but an international one, especially for the U.S. ("Venezuela's Strange Days," editorial, April 17). Hugo Chavez has declared openly his anti-U.S. ideas and his intention to turn Venezuela into a country that will enjoy the brotherhood of nations with leaders like Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein and Moammar Kadafi. Since Chavez got into power, Venezuela has started to exchange oil for technical and intelligence support from Cuba. The U.S. needs to act in order to find out the real intentions that this new enemy of democracy has in mind.