Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Export democracy with care

by Lee Hamiltion from the Indianapolis Star

Calls for democratic reform often conflict with defending other national interests. Pro-democracy rhetoric is seen as threatening by many of our autocratic allies. Pervez Musharraf (Pakistan), Hosni Mubarak (Egypt), and King Abdullah (Saudi Arabia) are undemocratic leaders and partners, and our unwavering support for them undermines our commitment to advancing liberty and exposes us to charges of hypocrisy. The U.S. may need to maintain these alliances while simultaneously encouraging gradual and pragmatic reform. Thus, we must improve our efforts to promote democracy.

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