Democracies Aren't Perfect But They Beat the Alternatives

John ArmstrongPolitics

Critics of the United States and Israel often attack these two countries for their political inconsistencies and international mistakes. Mistakes do abound and can be rather easily cited by foes of all sorts. After all a democracy allows such open criticism, which is one of its truest marks. But those in our countries who seem to hate the U.S. and Israel ought to at least concede more than they are generally willing to do. It is one thing to play the prophet’s role, and thus point out the mistakes of these great nations. It is another to tell the world that these democracies still beat all the alternatives. I wish the "Hate America First" crowd would acknowledge, at least now and then, that this is still a great nation even with its numerous faults.

Consider the fact that yesterday Israel’s highest court ruled that Palestinians can sue in Israeli courts over damages done by the Israeli army in the territories. Where else could such a ruling happen in the Middle East? And at the same time Iran’s Ahmadinejab once again denounced the holocaust, saying openly that it did not happen. He added that Israel would "soon be wiped out." To top off all this good news from the Arab world the top U.N. investigator concluded that Syria definitely cooperated in the assasination of Lebanon’s Hariri just a few weeks ago. (I remind you, when the media will not, that the once large Christian population of Lebanon, a great democracy in the Middle East, has been driven out of the country by radical Islam over the past twenty years.)

The West is clearly in need of moral correction on many fronts but if you cannot see the stark difference between us and this kind of hatred and radical Islamic policy you are in need of a new pair of moral glasses.