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Is the middle east ill-suited to democracy? Can America impose it? Or are home-grown models already showing signs of life?

By Prospect   April 2003

THE NEW MISSIONARIES by Adam Garfinkle

Any mission to impose democracy would fail, and stoke further Arab resentment

The debate in the US over the nature of a post-Saddam Iraq pits democratisers (most often those of “neoconservative” views) against pragmatists (usually “realist” by school). Many realists, like Henry Kissinger, support the removal of Saddam’s regime but oppose a protracted high-profile US-led occupation of an Arab capital and an attempt to impose democracy on peoples who do not know or want it. They believe that pressing autocratic regimes in Muslim-majority countries towards better government, if not genuine democracy, can be wise…

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