Natalie Solent

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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
 
Let's think "US subversion - works every time!" In a letter to the Guardian, Stuart King of London writes:
For Ferguson, the force that will bring the Iraqis to democracy is the US. Think of the 1940s, we are told - the restoration of democracy to Japan and Germany. Well let's also think 1950s - the US-supported dictatorships in South Korea, Taiwan and elsewhere in south-east Asia. Let's think 1960s - support for dictators like Somoza of Nicaragua. Let's think 1970s - support for Pinochet. Let's think 1980s - support for the Contras to overthrow the democratic government of Nicaragua. Let's think 1990s - support for the warlords, jihadists and oppressors of women in Afghanistan.

But at the heart of Ferguson's argument is the idea that the Iraqi people aren't up to running a democracy. We are told the only way they were going to get democracy "this side of the 22nd century" was courtesy of the US army. If the US and its allies pull out, we are likely to see "descent into chaos". Ferguson obviously thinks it's time we donned our pith helmets and picked up the white man's burden again.
OK, so the Awful Examples are South Korea, Taiwan, Nicaragua, Chile. Um... aren't all those countries now democratic? As you know, I'm fairly pro-US but even I think its a teeny bit irresponsible for the Guardian to provide a platform for quite such effective propaganda in favour of the more dubious activities of the CIA.