Friday, September 22, 2006

Democracy is harder than western flip-flops make out

Tanks in Bangkok"To draw clear conclusions from the chaotic recent history of Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea and Pakistan is not easy. Each country's politics are specific. But one guideline should surely be clear: removing the army from its role as the arbiter of politics and transforming it into a normal civic institution that serves rather than runs the state is a crucial principle for any new or old democracy." —Jonathan Steele

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