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what is democracy?

Posted to Poetry and Politics

can an outside force create democratic selfgovernment in a nation? (like the u.s. claims to be doing in afganistan and iraq). is foreign intervention in the name of democracy a contradiction in terms?

inevitably, the occupier will select those favorable to its cause, and exclude those who are disfavorable even if they have local popular support. (we see this all the time now.) but even if it was fairly representative and fair prociedurally and haviung the appearance of democratic institutions, which is a big IF, would the process really by one of democracy if the process is not really one of self-determination through a people freeing itself but rather the interference of foreign powers/

i guess u can tell my intuitive response to these questions but i wanna hear what othyers think.