Bush`s Democracy Delusion

Of the Bourbons, restored to the
throne after the French Revolution, the guillotining of
Louis XVI and the Napoleonic interlude, Talleyrand said,
they had "learned nothing and forgotten nothing."

Unfortunately, so may it be said of
our own George II.

Last week, at Czernin Palace in
Prague, George Bush delivered his

latest epistle on democracy as mankind`s salvation,

as though he had learned nothing since ordering the
invasion of Iraq—to bring the blessings of democracy to
Mesopotamia and the Middle East.

President Bush began by paying
tribute to the founding father of Czech democracy.
"Nine decades ago, Tomas Masaryk proclaimed
Czechoslovakia`s independence based on the `ideals of

Well, that may be what the Masaryk
said, but it is not exactly what he did. In 1918, he did
indeed proclaim the independence of Czechoslovakia,
confirmed by the Allies at Paris. But inside the new
Czechoslovakia, built on the "ideals of democracy,"
were 3 million dissident Germans who wished to remain
with Austria and half a million Hungarians who wished to
remain with Hungary. Many Catholic Slovaks had wanted to
remain with Catholic Hungary. Against their will, all
had been consigned to Masaryk`s Czech-dominated nation.

Query for Bush? If 3 million
Germans were put under alien rule without their consent
and against their will, and they wished to exercise
their right of self-determination, as preached by
Woodrow Wilson, did they not have a right to secede
peacefully and join their German kinsmen?

Because that is what Munich was all

Between 1938 and 1939, dissident
Germans, Slovaks, Poles, Hungarians and Ruthenes—abetted
by Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest—broke free of Masaryk`s
multinational democracy. Rather than let them secede
from Prague, Churchill thought Britain should go to war.

Was Winston right, or were the
Sudeten Germans right?

In 1945, liberated Czechoslovkia
solved its dissident German problem by wholesale ethnic

"Freedom," declared the
president, "is the design of our Maker and the
longing of every soul. … Freedom is the dream … of
every person in every nation in every age."


Did Lenin, Stalin, Hitler,
Mussolini, Mao, Fidel, Uncle Ho and Pol Pot long for
freedom in their souls? Did Churchill long for freedom,
as he fought to preserve the British Empire and British
rule in India?

"Expanding freedom," said
Bush, "is the only realistic way to protect our
people in the long run."
That is another way of
saying that, if we abandon the Bush crusade for global
democracy, we can never be secure.

Yet America has always been among
the most secure nations on earth, even when the world
was unfree. Has invading Iraq to expand freedom made us
more secure? For it has surely gotten more Americans
killed than died on 9-11 and served as the No. 1
recruiting poster for al-Qaida.

"Governments accountable to
their people do not attack each other,"
said Bush.
This may come as a surprise to descendants of those who
fought for Southern independence from 1861 to 1865. Does
Bush think Mr. Lincoln`s government or those of the CSA,
the Confederate States of America, were not
to their people? Yet 600,000 Americans
died in that war between two democratic republics.

Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan are
democratic, but they appear ready to have a go at each
other. Last summer, democratic Israel, enraged by a
Hezbollah kidnapping, bombed democratic Lebanon for five
weeks, killing a thousand Lebanese and rendering 10,000

In 1914, the most democratic
nations in Europe plunged into the bloodiest war in
history. Free people in European capitals cheered
lustily as their sons marched off to die.

Democratic peoples are not immune
to blood lust.

"Young people who can disagree
openly with their leaders are less likely to adopt
violent ideologies,"
said Bush.

But Weimar was the freest
government Germany ever had. Yet Nazis and communists
battled constantly, and in 1933, a majority voted for
Puerto Rican terrorists tried to kill Harry Truman,

shot up the House and dynamited

Fraunces Tavern
in New York in the freest country on

The anarchists, the Red Brigades,

 gang, the IRA, the Basque ETA and
the Islamist

subway bombers
of Britain all operated in democratic

"(E)very time people are given a
choice, they choose freedom,"
said Bush. Oh. In Iran
in 2005, the people chose

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In 2006, free elections gave
victories to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hezbollah,
Hamas and

anti-American radicals
in Bolivia, Ecuador and
Nicaragua, who joined forces with twice-elected Hugo

The German people chose Hitler and
the Nazi Party.

It is one thing to believe
democracy is a superior form of government. It is
another to worship it, or ascribe to it powers or
attributes that can ensure permanent peace among
nations. As Douglas MacArthur said, citing Plato,
"Only the dead know the end of war."

Democracy means rule by the people,
and peoples can be as corrupt and bloodthirsty as
tyrants and kings. Today in Moscow, Beijing and Hanoi,
Lenin, Mao and Ho—mass murderers all three—lie in honor.



Patrick J. Buchanan

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