In Dan Liljenquist's recent article, "Russia must embed principles of democracy" (Feb. 6), he states that the only way for Russia to truly be successful is to incorporate democratic ideal into their governmental system. The problem with this argument is it's extreme close-minded and ethnocentric stance.

It is foolish to suggest that the recipe for success is the same for every country. What's even more foolish is to say that your ideals are the best for every situation.

Democracy is founded upon diversity and acceptance. So why is it that we cannot accept the ideas and motives of other countries?

Keith Barney