Sunday, November 30, 2008

Democratic doubt

"But before him, says Mauro de Lorenzo, an Africa expert at the American Enterprise Institute, Rwanda faced disaster.

"Look carefully at what happened in Rwanda, Zaire, and Burundi, 1990 to 1994," he says. "In each case, the rapid imposition, from outside, of the structures and mechanisms of multiparty democracy leads directly to the unprecedented cataclysm that subsequently engulfed each place. People here [in America] forget or never knew; those who lived through it learned some lasting lessons."

Joshua Kurlantzick is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of "Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World." He can be reached at"

As I would also say, look carefully at what happened from 1990 to 1994. A high Ugandan officer invaded a sovereign country, is that what you call democratic development? I thought the US was against "revolutionary movements". Wasn't the cold war about that? Wasn't he war in Iraq against illegal invasion? Or was it about something else?

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