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Nov 21, 2007


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Jason Barr

The United States hasn't exactly helped in a lot of cases, as state support for the interests of American-based businesses through less-savory "diplomatic" as well as military and clandestine internal interventions have subverted the process of democracy in a number of places. And that's not to say it's a bunch of black-and-white issues, not by a long shot, but we have a history of intervening AGAINST popular and democratic movements in so-called "developing" countries with which we have not reckoned, and I view a general lack of knowledge about that history as a big part of the reason we were able to be duped into largely supporting the Iraq invasion and occupation.

Even putting that to the side, though, this is not a promising development.

Michael W. Kruse

I think most cases of US involvement are a complex mixture of multiple motives, some quite noble and others not so much. :) The US does make some horrendous decisions. Compared with other world powers of human history I think the US is an improvement but you have to believe that we could be so much better.

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