"Buddhist flags have been place in front of almost every house and
office..." When I read that, I felt so grateful and glad that we don't
have anyone forcing us to fly Mormon or Catholic or atheist flags here in the
USA. Or do we have subtle, proxy flags?
BrioI really appreciate your point that democracy does not work well
in all countries. That is why I was against America sticking around in Iraq and
trying to rebuild the country into a functioning democracy. Once we secured
Iraq from WMD we should have bugged out. Instead we had Colin Powell saying
"you break it you own it". The Bush people were not honest with what
their ultimate intentions were. Islam and democracy, (at least as we practice
it) does not mix. Even though Iraq had elections, the truth is, Iraq will
devolve back into tribal/religious/cultural conflict, which is usual for them.
As with Afghanistan, ultimately the religion will always trump the political.
Democracy simply doesn't work well in all environments, especially when the
government acts as a theocracy to the majority religion. Acquiring newfound
democracy has proven itself to be detrimental in Iraq, and now in Myanmar. The level of religious bigotry in both countries is astonishing and very
sad, especially when considering the principle purposes of the effected aid
workers in Myanmar are to help disenfranchised people find security, food,
medicine and lodging... the very basics of a civilized society. On the contrary,
the treatment they and the aid workers are now receiving seems quite