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QuestionWhy do so many people in foreign countries that don’t have democracy which are also being oppressed by dictators, get so aggressive against the Western World, which wants to spread our way of life (i.e. not living in fear all the time etc.) CB123
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Catherine David: This is a quite typical question of mentality. It seems to me that democracy, again, is not yet a magic cure, and that each nation, each culture has the right to accomplish democracy by its own means, its own way, and that the world's populations who live under authoritarian or dictatorial regimes are not stupid enough for not seeing (1) that the so-called transfer of democracy can sometimes be accomplished in total parallelism to the most serious economic repression, are not idiot enough (2) to have noticed that our huge western democracies accomodate quite well to authoritarian and dictatorial regimes, and (3) are not stupid enough not to see what our so-called 'way of life' can include. And I think that, once again on the side of populations who live under authoritarian and dictatorial regimes [they are relatively numerous], there is no contradiction between the refusal of the dictatorship or the missing freedom and the desire that democratic transition is accomplished for the best of local interests, of its populations, and that the 'way of life' is not necesarily desirable. One can easily be democrat in Iran and not feel like having Starbucks or having any relations [to the tone], e.g. relations to Western economic [tone]. I think it would be important that the west, even if I don't like a lot the generalizations because there are many people and many situations in the west, but that people can understand that.