Wednesday, February 02, 2005

New Letter in the Guardian

A letter on the Palestinian elections in the Guardian. For some reason, the Guardian didn't put a link to it on its Israel page, so I missed it until now.

The letter summarizes how I feel about elections. Don't get me wrong; elections make me happy. In truth, I would change one thing; democracy is contingent on more than Abbas making reforms. It should be an effort of the entire Palestinian leadership, not just the efforts of one man. Anyway:

Though the Palestinian elections should be welcomed, the international community should wait to see Mr Abbas's governing style before pronouncing the Palestinian Authority a democracy. Yasser Arafat's so-called democratic election ushered in an era of corruption and despotism. If Mr Abbas does not make the necessary reforms, the PA will be no closer to democracy than it was during Arafat's time. Democratic elections do not a democracy make.

Michael Brenner
New York


At 1:40 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Moreover, democratic elections have to take place more than one time in order to be considered democratic...

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Moreover, elections have to take place more than once to be called democratic.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

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