Old Europe Says No to US Democracy Plan
Well, the Europeans aren’t too keen on the US spreading democracy, at least according to the AP:
A majority of people in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain said they thought it should not be the U.S. role to spread democracy, according to AP-Ipsos polls. A majority of those living in Canada, Mexico and South Korea (news – web sites) also disagreed with that role.
But, if you talk to someone like Dick Morris who has been working in eastern Europe working with fledgling democracies in Georgia and the Ukraine, you’ll get a completely different picture:
There seems to be a disjuncture between the Bush Freedom Doctrine and the policies and activities of his own State Department. There, officials seem not to have read the second Bush inaugural address or internalized its commitment to freedom.
Beginning in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, the orange tide spread to Ukraine, where it engulfed the former nomenklatura and apparatchiks of the Soviet era and forced them from power. Now the revolution spreads, on its own as they all do, to tiny, oppressed Moldova.