January 28, 2005

Commentary

‘Occupied Democracy’: A New American Foreign Policy

By Jamal Dajani
PACIFIC NEWS SERVICE


During the last year the United States has sought to bring elections to Afghanistan, Iraq and what may become Palestine. If American ideology is embraced by the Muslim world, the thinking goes, our heavy military and financial involvement in these areas will be validated. This strategy has spawned a new trend in U.S. foreign policy that might aptly be called “occupied democracy.”

All three countries where our time-honored democratic traditions are to be observed are under foreign military occupation. This fact negates the entire principal of self-determination by the majority of the people by subordinating it to a grander scheme already predetermined by the powers that be. Can what is being touted as “democracy coming to the Muslim world” really be taken as a true expression of the will of the people in each respectiv