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The case for a league of democracies

Original post made by Jane, Professorville, on May 14, 2008

With tensions between Russia and Georgia rising, Chinese nationalism growing in response to condemnation of Beijing's crackdown on Tibet, the dictators of cyclone-ravaged Burma resisting international aid, the crisis in Darfur still raging, the Iranian nuclear programme still burgeoning and Robert Mugabe still clinging violently to rule in Zimbabwe - what do you suppose keeps some foreign policy columnists up at night?
It is the idea of a new international organisation, a league or concert of democratic nations.

The world's democracies could make common cause to act in humanitarian crises when the UN Security Council cannot reach unanimity.

The league of democracies would not be limited to Europeans and Americans but would include the world's other great democracies, such as India, Brazil, Japan and Australia,Web Link

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Posted by sara n
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 14, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Really, the concept of “League of Democracies” is just a new face of the “White Man´s Burden”, an excuse to attack, invade and steal the resources of any nations.

The old excuse was the opportunity that the People of Colour had to come under the good example of the White Man (in Europe Nazis couldn´t apply that as their colonial power was directed against the territories of other white tribes so they fond the Germanic Man´s Burden). Now, as algasema said about the US it is not politically correct talk about race so there have to be found now forms, new excuses to guarantee the intervention in other nation´s affairs.

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Posted by fred
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 14, 2008 at 9:31 pm

"The league of democracies would not be limited to Europeans and Americans but would include the world's other great democracies, such as India, Brazil, Japan and Australia."

Are you trying to start another world war? Inclusion v. exclusion seems to me like creating another axis and allies situation. You've got to be crazy. NO WAY!

Americans have become paranoid schizophrenic. So you think the world is out to get you, huh? LOL. Time for the looney bin.

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Posted by joe
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 15, 2008 at 9:35 am

A better alternative will be the Anglosphere, including countries that speak English and were once part of the British empire, including USA.

With a few exceptions, in Africa, these countries share values,and institutions, they are high trust cultures with the rule of law and democracies

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