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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

              March of Democracy
Joshua Muravchik, in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, gives some very interesting statistics about democracy around the world.
The skeptics continue to point to cultural differences to explain why democracy is absent from various non-Western states. But this is the true picture: In Latin America and the Caribbean, 32 out of 35 states have elected governments. In Asia and the Pacific, the ratio is 23 out of 39. In the states of the former Soviet Union and its satellites, 17 out of 27 are democratic. And in sub-Saharan Africa, 19 out of 48, or 40%, of the governments have been elected by their people, despite the familiar litany of disabilities: poverty, illiteracy, AIDS, tribalism and borders drawn artificially by former foreign rulers.

The one region completely left behind, until now, by this democratic revolution is the Middle East and North Africa, where Israel remains the only democracy among 18 states.
Over the last 25 years, the number of democratic states has grown in every region but one. Is it any surprise, then, that this region is the epicenter of terrorism?
|| Nudnik 1:40 PM
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