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  • We should support authoritarian governments when it suits our interests

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  • We should when they support our interests AND the alternative is also authoritarian

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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    Saudi Arabia is not a dictatorship.. Its a monarchy by consensus.
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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    Saudi Arabia is not a dictatorship.. Its a monarchy by consensus.
    And a Monarchy is not a form of Authoritarianism?
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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    Quote Originally Posted by waas View Post
    I think this is a question better suited to our past and present COCs. Samoza, the Nazis and ME dictators - authoritarianism is no enemy to the United States.
    Maybe not to those who want it, but it is obviously a threat to those who enjoy rights and freedoms.
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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    We should do so when it supports our interests.
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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Maybe not to those who want it, but it is obviously a threat to those who enjoy rights and freedoms.
    Domestically, nobody among this country's controlling bodies wants authoritarianism. When it comes to other nations, however, it's a different story altogether.

    Freedoms and rights don't apply to the forces within this country that uphold foreign regimes.

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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    And a Monarchy is not a form of Authoritarianism?
    This is not like the old European monarchies.

    The king of KSA has to have a consensus of the Merchants, Technocrats, the family and the clergy.

    They still hold majlis all over the country every week... so citizens can access the leadership.

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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    This is not like the old European monarchies.

    The king of KSA has to have a consensus of the Merchants, Technocrats, the family and the clergy.

    They still hold majlis all over the country every week... so citizens can access the leadership.
    So it's a combination of a transparent monarchy and a parliamentary system?

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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    We should never support authoritarianism. Look at Iran, we supported an authoritarian regime at a point after being involved in overthrowing a democratic elected government and look how that turned out. We should never support authoritarianism, especially if we wanna be that "shining light on the hill" or seen as a good example for other governments. The support of authoritarianism also leads to people around the world not viewing the US in a favorable light...


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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    This is not like the old European monarchies.

    The king of KSA has to have a consensus of the Merchants, Technocrats, the family and the clergy.

    They still hold majlis all over the country every week... so citizens can access the leadership.
    That's pretty much how pre-enlightenment European absolute monarchies worked.
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    Re: When should the US support authoritarian governments?

    In my opinion, 57% are wrong, here at this poll.
    Its obvious that many people on this planet need an authoritarian government...the "Arab Spring " is proof of this...and Africa.
    A one-man rule need not be despotic, mean, and cruel..Husiane of Iraq had to be hard, but he went to extremes..
    So, YES, we should support "selected" kingdoms, as we have in the past and today.

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