It's not about democracy

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by Charles V. Pena

04/27/06

The notion that the United States can be made more secure by spreading freedom and democracy around the world is based on two assumptions. The first assumption, that democratic nations are peaceful countries, is rooted in the post-World War II reconstruction of West Germany and Japan because the two former members of the Axis were transformed from being America's mortal enemies to being close allies and economic trading partners. According to professor R.J. Rummel at the University of Hawaii, between 1816 and 1991 there were 353 wars and none of them were between two stable democracies. Although there may be a certain amount of truth to this logic, it is not necessarily true that all future democracies will be friendly to the United States -- especially democracies in Muslim countries...

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