There is an inherent contradiction in our ideals of promotion of freedom, and our support of autocracies such as Saudi Arabia and South Vietnam. When is such support justified?
The more interesting question would be when should we not support a Democratic government me thinks. We should deal with authoritarian misgovernment as we have to--there is nothing we can change about that--but we should also be willing to work with weak/weakening authoritarian governments to try to guide them to democracy of some type witin a generation.
The US should support authoritarian regimes when priorities dictate such. This is to say, there are many tools in the diplomacy toolbox (war, economic interaction, development aid, security, etc) and they must be utilized with priorities in mind. For example: Invading China to nation build is not an option; however, it is for some. Iran is a terrorist state. It supplies Hamas, Hez and Assad. As long as that regmine remains in power, those organizations will remain players on the international stage. Going rogue with nukes? That's just kinda icing on the cake.
Ultimately, the goal is a free world; nonetheless, priotities must be arranged and various tools utilized in this endeavor.
The US should support (western liberal democracy) authoritarianism domestically as it fairly balances rights against each other and provides for an enforced social contract (rule of law).
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Last edited by ecofarm; 12-22-12 at 08:39 PM.
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I think that we should support those governments that deliver the most freedom to the most people. In some cases, those governments that are more authoritarian in nature can actually do such, as in the case of Turkey under Kemel Ataturk. He was a strong leader and had some authoritarian tendencies, but he delivered human rights in the process.
Conversely, we have situations such as Egypt today where elections only lead to an erosion of civil rights as ignorant, backwards people put knuckle-dragging religious zealots into power.
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