de Hoop Scheffer Roundup

by Nathan Hamm on 10/25/2004 · 2 comments

Vladimir Socor sums up the NATO Secretary-General’s trip through the region.

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Laurence October 25, 2004 at 5:32 pm

Nathan, Jamestown quotes the NATO emissary:

While in Uzbekistan, de Hoop Scheffer cautioned the Central Asian countries, “Terrorism finds a breeding ground where basic freedoms and the rule of law are lacking or deficient” (Uzbek Television, October 20).

But there are terrorist cells active in London, terrorist preachers in London mosques, and actual British terrorists, shoe bomber Richard Reid. Clearly Britain has rule of law, and basic freedoms, and parliamentary democracy. Israel is a democracy, and has terrorism. Spain is a democracy, and suffers from terrorism. The US is a democracy, and suffered from terrorism.

So, perhaps terrorism is not caused by lack of democracy, but by something else?

Nathan Hamm October 25, 2004 at 9:46 pm

Ya, I think that’s an explanation that has been a little abused. Terrorism isn’t necessarily caused by a lack of democracy and the ideologies behind terrorism are just as likely to be born within democracies. Terrorism seems to thrive where there’s no democracy though. That doesn’t mean that democracy is a panacea.

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