Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Guess You Can't Impose Democracy By Force

Many on the left--and some on the right--have claimed Iraqis just aren't ready for democracy. We can't impose democracy by force, they argue.

I guess these critics are right.

We tried to impose democracy on Americans by force back in the 18th century, but for some today, like Friedman and Meyerson, it just hasn't taken root.

Of course, perhaps it isn't a univeral rule. Iraqis seem to be embracing democracy, so maybe we just have to revise who is ready and who isn't.