Saturday, June 25, 2005

The people have spoken. Now what?

U.S. Always said that Iran is evil because it has no democracy. Now, during the undisputedly democratic elections, the Iranian people have democratically chosen the ultraconservative presidential candidate who is - according to the U.S. - opposed to democracy. I suppose this is not democratic and they'll have to be bombed after all...

6 comments:

Pachollini said...

"Democracy does not mean dictature of majority, but respect to the rights of minority." So I'd be careful about saying Iran has democracy.
However, some people are always able to find a good reason for bombing, whether there is democracy or not.

Fuxoft said...

That's interesting comment and fair definition, I think. But doesn't that mean the term "democratic elections" contradicts itself?

Anonymous said...

May be democracy is not just democratic elections - i.e. everebody has the right to vote.
You need some basic human rights and stuff like that...

Perk said...

First decade of 2007 could be the beggining of Iran war (in case of pentagon decide to venture)

Masi said...

Communist party also claimed the elections before '89 as democratic.

And one paragraph from BBC: "UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said there were 'serious deficiencies' in the election, noting that many reformists, and all women candidates, had been barred from standing."

pnk said...

When you think of Iranian elections you shall think of candidaes who were prevented from taking part.

And the second thing. Democracy is not always the ultimate good. Many scholars saw, that to prevent democracy from failing into tyrany of majority, you have to take in account the second pillar of the fair political system - freedom. That means you have to first assure some inalienable rights to the people and you can't let democracy to take it from them.