The push to spread democracy overseas is a direct layover from the Cold War era. Due to Communist countries spreading their influence, our main goal to combat this threat was to spread Democracy into neighboring countries to help
"stem the tide". After the fall of the Soviet Union, this kind of foreign policy has been re-tooled to look more like a humanatarian effort (help the poor, build schools, establish a stable economy) Sounds good on paper, right? Wrong. Most countries that the government wants to democratize do not want our help, or prefer to do things the way they have been for a long time previous. Remember, the united states will only have existed for 232 years, which in the history of the civilized world, is not a long time. Take for instance Iraq, they may have wanted to get rid of Saddam, but they did not want us to occupy their country. They have had more civilians killed after the invasion than were killed during. The reason they are still fighting back is that they want all of us out of their country, and to be able to work out their problems internally. The situation over their right now is like this: take a revolutionary war, civil war and the Vietnam War and have them all occur at once. Now you somewhat get the idea of why they do not want us, or our system of government in their back yard. Most countries that we force democracy on, end up rejecting it with terrible results. The basis of the whole thing is this : it's an imposition on human free will. We are trying to force people into being what we want them to be, not allowing them to become what they want to be.
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