Monday, July 14, 2008

"democracy promotion run wild"

Samantha Power calls for a global showdown over Zimbabwe's stolen election, and for Morgan Tsvangirai to set up a "government in exile" and for countries worldwide to choose who to recognize. Basically, a world of "March 29 countries" who accept the legitimate Zimbabwe election results and the "June 27 countries" who back Mugabe.

Does this sound like a good idea to you? It doesn't to Robert Dreyfuss, who helpfully points out all the negative consequences it could have, like civil war in Zimbabwe, dreadful precedent worldwide, global polarization and division of the world into "free" states and "not free" states. If this sounds a lot like the League-of-Democracies-bashing I've been doing on this page, it should. Personally, I'm disappointed in Power. If she wants to convince us cynical "Iraq generation" types that her "Bosnia generation" can be trusted, she'll have to do better than this.

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