November 18, 2004

Democracy after Arafat by Seumas Milne

If you can only read one article today then make it this one in The Guardian.

Here's an extract:

"But, they [Bush and Blair] cautioned, progress towards a Palestinian state would only be possible if the Palestinians were prepared to embrace democracy. The fact that Arafat was elected with an overwhelming majority in internationally supervised elections, and continued to command majority support until his death, was evidently beside the point. He was the wrong kind of democratically elected leader."

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