Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Are the Swiss Becoming Hateful?

Swiss voters recently approved by a substantial margin (57 percent yes) a referendum to ban minarets on top of mosques. For this exercise of democracy the Swiss have been excoriated as racist bigots, bringing upon them the hostility of Muslims and Western proponents of diversity and tolerance. (Never mind that some Muslim countries do not reciprocate.)

The exercise of democracy has brought to power Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Evo Morales in Bolivia, Vladimir Putin in Russia (with 70 percent approval), and Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus, to name a few of the less attractive parties and regimes in the "democratic" world..

What is one to conclude? That democracy is good if supporters get the outcome they want, but bad if the process produces the "wrong" result.

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