This is a country that 40 years ago restricted the right to vote, use public facilities or eat in restaurants to some of its citizens. It’s a country with a long-standing record of supporting autocratic regimes and dictatorships and overthrowing democratically elected government officials around the world.
When did the United States become the chief exporter of democracy to the Arab world? Sorry, bloggers. When it comes to regime change and nation-building, I can’t follow the wisdom of Bush and his crew. I lean more toward the words of a real straight shooter, Mohandas Gandhi:
"The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within."
As you must have rightly guessed already, "this country" is United States and the words above are those of Sylvester Brown. He openly floats the idea of a Palestinian or Iraqi Gandhi to resolve the crises. Glenn Reynolds aka Instapundit, who seems to have sparked off the debate is hosting a gamut of reactions from his readers and other bloggers. The usual comparisons with MLK also find their way to the arguments.