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NYTimes.com Article: Democracy? Let&#146;s Lead by Example (4 Letters)
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10 November 2003 16:09 UTC
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Excellent letter from Chalmers Johnson--last one published.

Steven Sherman


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Democracy? Let&#146;s Lead by Example (4 Letters)

November 10, 2003


To the Editor: 

Re "Bush Asks Lands in Mideast to Try Democratic Ways"
(front page, Nov. 7): 

President Bush deserves congratulations for his speech
urging Middle Eastern countries to adopt democratic
traditions. His recommendations would have been more
persuasive had he provided examples. 

He might have apologized for the United States' support of
the overthrow of democratically elected governments in
Chile and Guatemala. 

He might have announced that he would immediately provide
the White House documents about the 9/11 attacks. 

And he would order Vice President Dick Cheney to furnish
the documents from the energy task force requested by
Congress, because transparency is a hallmark of democracy. 

The content of democratic traditions is best made by
example rather than by empty words. 


Philadelphia, Nov. 7, 2003 


To the Editor: 

Re "Bush
Asks Lands in Mideast to Try Democratic Ways" (front page,
Nov. 7): 

President Bush's speech was well organized, admitted past
errors of foreign policy and asserted well- accepted
reasons why America should foster change not only within
Arab nations but other nations now governed by
dysfunctional regimes. 

One wonders, would things have been different with the
"coalition of the willing" had this speech been made a year


Keller, Tex., Nov. 7, 2003 


To the Editor: 

President Bush's speech urging Middle
Eastern countries to step up the pace of reforms that would
expand human rights and achieve greater democracy in
government would have a more positive impact if his own
administration were setting a better example ("Bush Asks
Lands in Mideast to Try Democratic Ways," front page, Nov.

How do we explain hundreds of prisoners being held without
explanation for nearly two years at Guantánamo Bay? 

How do we explain the shoddy treatment of hundreds of
Muslims in the United States by the Justice Department in
the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy? 

How do we explain our failure to curb Israel's expansion of
settlements in the West Bank and the extension of the
divisive barrier? 

How do we explain the thousands of Iraqis killed and maimed
as a result of an invasion we began on grounds that now
turn out to be largely unjustified? 


Greenwich, Conn., Nov. 7, 2003 


To the Editor: 

Asks Lands in Mideast to Try Democratic Ways" (front page,
Nov. 7) reports that in President Bush's speech on
Thursday, he "sought to position the American experiment in
remaking Iraq alongside the United States' efforts to
spread democracy in Asia after World War II." I don't know
of any such efforts. 

We either supported the defeated colonial powers (Britain,
France and the Netherlands) or indigenous militarists and
dictators like Chiang Kai-shek, Syngman Rhee, Ngo Dinh
Diem, General Suharto and Ferdinand E. Marcos. 

In Japan, we created a pro-American single-party regime not
so different from the Soviet satellites, and it is still in
power. In the few places where genuine popular democracy
did develop - the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan - it
was invariably directed from below against American-backed

President Bush may know nothing of these histories, but the
people on the receiving end assuredly do. 


President, Japan Policy Research

Cardiff, Calif., Nov. 7, 2003 



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