OPINION

Democratic tactics?

It is improper to categorize supporters of Saddam Hussein with those opposed to an imminent war on Iraq, who refuse to accept that such action constitutes a solution to existing differences or a way of promoting and spreading democracy. A similar parallel had been drawn during the conflict in Yugoslavia, when anti-war cries were being interpreted as support for Milosevic. The result is well-documented: That which emerged from the ruins of war – the mass killings and destruction – was not democracy but a defeated, ravaged and humbled country where «democracy» is now determined by various criminal rings. Exporting democracy, and rebellion, is always a dark and dubious undertaking which can easily transform into an imperialistic venture – irrespective of one’s intentions. It matters little whether President Bush and his allies honestly believe that they will be able to establish a Western-style «democratic» regime in Iraq and the surrounding region following the defeat of Saddam. However genuine their intentions may be, they will not make the war any less bloody or destructive. Saddam’s regime may be hateful, but generally invasions rally people around their leader and the invader is rarely accepted as liberator and bringer of democracy – especially when the aggressors are using the most murderous of weapons capable of annihilating hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and causing a level of destruction we have yet to witness…