Re: forcing democracy upon other countries
Oct 24, 2001 00:03 AM
by Katinka Hesselink
In my view the tendency towards isolationism is not just
about fighting countries where democracy does not prevail.
Though I suppose with the threats going on right now,
military action is the only possible action left. But I do
think that if there is one good thing that could come from
this whole mess it is that the isolationist tendency in the
US could become less.
Already the US has finally, after all these years, chosen
to pay its dept to the UN.
Also, I am reminded that when the first news of anthrax
came out, the dutch newspapers reported that this was
ironic, because the US had boycotted the creating of an
international body which would monitor the creation of
biological weapons. Seems like that boycotting just came
back to haunt the country. Of course the motivation for not
supporting that international body had been economical. Not
strange, because the US is probably the country with the
most knowledge of biological processes - which could be
used in creating biological weapons. Still, it is to the
good of the whole world if biological weapons are kept in
check. And it is things like this that have me (perhaps a
bit loudly) shouting that the US certainly had this coming,
even if nothing the country did could have been enough to
The US has, in short, been reminded of its relationships to
the world around it, its responsibilities there etc. Hope
that consciousness will last when this particular war is
> From: Eldon B Tucker <email@example.com>
> Subject: forcing democracy upon other countries
> > What do you think HPB would of thought?
> I'm not sure it matters what she might have thought.
> It matters what we think. I think we may have drifted
> away from trying to remake the work in our image.
> It's always a problem when we decide what to do when
> another country suffers under a malevolent government.
> Do we leave them alone? Do we deal with the government
> and not interfere in its internal affairs? Or do we
> try to help along the process of change where it'll
> eventually fall to something hopefully better? I thing
> our tendency has been do turn and look the other way.
> I'm not sure it's always the right thing to do. Some
> countries are too big to do anything about, like China.
> I see our current refocus on world affairs being driven
> by the current world threat -- that of potential use
> of weapons of mass destruction against western civilian
> populations. This is so dangerous that any tendency
> towards isolationism has to be put aside, literally under
> the threat of death. Apart from hopefully rare situations
> like this, I'd agree that we don't meddle in other
> countries governments, but only provide general
> helping the countries improve to the point where there
> will be a natural political evolution from within.
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