However you define democracy, be it One Man One Vote, or a Government of the People for the People, there are many hurdles along the way.
Here in the U.S. there is a tendency to assume we are the champions of democracy. Well, until 2000 when it all blew up in our face and the Bush-Gore election ended up in the Supreme Court and scandalised American democracy. What went wrong?
And how about the fact that for as long as we can remember, the U.S. has always supported and propped up the worst dictators: Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Mobutu Sese Seko in the Congo, to mention but a few.
Yet, in the same breath we insist on free elections. And when this happens, watch what happens when we are not happy with the results. Let’s look at HAMAS and the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.
The U.S. has labeled Hamas a “terrorist” organization. On insistence of free elections, the Palestinians went to the polls and elected Hamas over Fatah.
In Egypt, after the U.S. left Mubarak to twist in the wind after well over three decades of support, Egyptians went to the polls, and low and behold, elected Mohammed Morsi and his openly radical, anti-Israel movement, The Muslim Brotherhood, to take over from Mubarak. So now, where do we go from here?
Tha pangs of democracy can be painful. But the U.S. ought to put her money where her mouth is.