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  1. New York Times columnist and Middle East expert Thomas L. Friedman stated "Many Arabs are wondering: Why is America pursuing democracy only in Iraq?" Friedman wrote. "Maybe it's because America really doesn't care about democracy in the Arab world, but is just pursuing some naked interests in Iraq and using democracy as its cover.
    "Ditto in the West Bank. The Bush team is pushing democracy on Yasir Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, but it will not utter a word against an Israeli settlement policy in the West Bank that helps poison the atmosphere there, empowering Palestinian radicals and weakening the liberals."
    The central point Friedman makes is that the Bush policy today appears to use democracy as a punishment for authoritarian regimes opposing America as it maintains silence about friendly anti-democratic regimes, "a sure-fire formula for giving democracy a bad name."
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  3. by   Stargazer
    Can you please provide a link to the article in question? Thanks.
  4. by   maureeno
    for the Friedman essay

    here is something interesting about the African point of view

    Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - Last updated 1:07 p.m. PT

    Guinea Takes Key Role in Security Council

    CONAKRY, Guinea -- A West African nation with an ailing leader, impoverished Guinea comes into presidency of the U.N. Security Council during a critical month on Iraq - and finds itself courted by diplomats from the United States, Britain, and France.

    Guinea is one of three African countries - Angola and Cameroon are the other two - that could sway the council's vote on a U.S.-sponsored resolution clearing the way for war against Iraq.

    Few expect the country to decide on ideological grounds. Guinea, a Muslim nation of 7.7 million, desperately needs foreign cash and arms.

    "They're looking for money, not unlike what the Turks are doing," said Ross Herbert, an Africa research fellow with the South African Institute of International Affairs, citing the billions of dollars of U.S. aid newly promised key strategic ally Turkey.

    "I don't think Guinea or Cameroon can have an ideological position on Iraq," Herbert said. "To a lot of people in the Third World, this is about the preponderance of American power."

    The ideology, in any case, eludes some Guineans.

    "For Africans, it's difficult to justify this war on the grounds of dictatorship, rights violations and corruption," said guineenews, an online service that constitutes one of Guinea's leading independent media outlets.

    "These are the daily realities of nearly every African country," guineenews said. "Why doesn't America attack the dictators here?"<<<<
    Last edit by maureeno on Feb 27, '03
  5. by   SusyZeke

    This is the New York Times website goes directly to the article. You will need to register (it's free) before you can preview.
  6. by   SusyZeke

    Very interesting article.

    I wonder how many countries the USA has "bought" and I cry at the thought of that money being taken away from US homeland needs.
  7. by   Mkue
    Ironically, 9/11 began to change this view. You can see it in the lack of Arab support for Saddam. There is a much deeper awareness that such leaders as Saddam are what have retarded Arab development. "But because Arab peoples and systems have never developed their own way of getting rid of bad leaders, they can only look to outsiders to do it -- and that evokes the worst memories of imperialism and colonialism," notes Cohen. "They don't want to get rid of Saddam at the cost of being controlled by Americans." So they are paralyzed -- wanting their Saddams removed, but deeply afraid of who will do it and what will come next.