Tuesday, April 11, 2006
# Posted 1:03 AM by Patrick Porter
I don't see why it has to be either/or. Stable democracies tend not to go to war with each other.
However, democracies by their nature create a sense of fragility no matter how stable. And governments that are unstable will have a tendency to react more belligerently against perceived threats (basic survival instinct).
The practical result is that a country new at democracy, not yet possessed of a stable foundation will, like most any other unstable government, be more warlike.
I think the difference is between professional army type wars and big mass army conscript type wars. Right now we are in a professional army type war. in Dafur they are in a mass war and the stakes for them are a lot higher. We could be pushed/goaded into a mass action war again. Most of those for us were fought under Democratic admenistrations.Post a Comment