"When people in Palestine voted for Hamas it was not for radicalism, they voted against corruption. This is the same. Because people hate American foreign policy and corrupt Arab dictatorships they have some sympathy for al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. It doesn't mean they approve of al-Qaida's actions or September 11."
-- Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper
Americans voted for Bush because they saw him as a reformer and an outsider, and downplayed his radical religious and imperialistic views. We gravitate toward leaders, and only consider their morals in hindsight.
This has long been recognized as the greatest failing of democracy, and the reason why executive powers must be restrained. We will always want strong leaders, but strong leaders always have a radical agenda tucked away somewhere.
By Psydeshow on March 10, 2007 at 10:06am