Tuesday, October 26, 2004

War to preserve Democracy

I never thought like this before but these days I am very thankful to almighty GOD for me always being in a democratic country. I was born and bought-up in India the world’s largest democracy and I am currently working in United States, a truly free and democratic nation. Being always in a democratic environment I had lost value for it but after looking at the recent events I feel I am one happy free global citizen living in democratic countries.

I understand that Democracy is a fairly new concept for the human race as compared to the concept of Kings, Dictators and Empires. I know it does not work for people who love to have absolute power but I think it works for common people and for more number of people when it comes to living happily ever after scenario.

When I was a kid I had always thought that people everywhere in the world have right to speak their mind freely but this thought was buried alive when my sister got married to a person in Pakistan. Pakistan was so called democratic country in those days but soon after it wasn’t. I was depressed for few days after listening to horrible stories from Pakistan but then I forgot about it very quickly and moved on in life but I knew we lost a Democratic county to Dictatorship.

The war in Iraq justified as to build a democratic Iraq makes so much sense to many people that president Bush might get elected again, but do we really think world is heading towards a democratic structure or we are loosing democracy day by day and year by year. Two of the biggest nations on the face of the earth are not very particularly happy with the concept of democracy. First is China, as we all know and secondly Russia as I heard in the news yesterday or as Bill Maher puts it “Canceling of Democracy in Russia”.

Someone might not agree and it might not be true anymore that Russia is a second most powerful country in the world but it certainly is a big and powerful country. I read in news, United States is not going to pressure or advise Russia, not to perform the overhauling of the current Democratic system into some Dictatorship model because US fears to loose a valuable allay in war against terrorism but do you really think it the right way? War against terrorism is war to preserve our rights, our values, and our ideals that are all summed up to being democratic. If countries like Russia are loosing it on an event are we not loosing the war?

-- Salim Hemdani

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