Why Western attempts, genuine though they may be, to
promote democracy in poor countries is anti-democratic
As I write
this article, a debate is raging in America on gun ownership – indeed it has
been raging for generations. Every other day, there is carnage in America. Some
crazy person grabs a gun and goes on a shooting and killing rampage – in a
school, kindergarten, train station, shopping mall or church.
Tens die, many
more are injured. Americans have been debating how to stop this incessant
carnage in view of the second constitutional amendment that gives that nation’s
citizens a right to bear arms. Opinion polls show that most Americans prefer
some restrictions on the purchase of automatic weapons. Yet the country has
been unable to martial a politically weighted majority for gun-reform.