Be careful what you wish for…
Is it an “Arab Spring” or just a changing of the guard?
This is where populist/social democrats fall down. The establishment of pure democracy has never led to freedom. Historically it has given the population the opportunity to quickly vote themselves into tyranny and then justification to those in charge to do awful things to those who voted for them.
This isn’t theory… we have seen it many times from the Russian revolutions to Hitler’s rise to power. Examples are found throughout the pacific rim and as close as the America’s.
So why the excitement?
Because those helping with the destabilization and over throw of dictators can proudly say “we don’t do business with tyrants”… right up until they do. And, they always do.
To date the U.S. has approached these situations with a certain mindset… find a population that’s receptive to the idea of republican democracy and capable of the transition, then give them aid. (Since there are a number of these, and we have limited resources, we have typically stuck to those with strategic value.) Provide them the example to emulate. Give them access to those who can help them achieve it. Finally, and most importantly, give them time to do so. Yes, it’s slow and uncertain.
Those populations not interested in, or not capable of, such a transition are monitored for a change in status. Basically we watch their leaders attempt to control their exposure to the successes going on right next door. (Examples are Cuba, North Korea, the Middle East, Central America etc.)
But this is a new day!
Now our apparent tactic is Acceleration. Statists are never content with allowing time for things to work. This is always reflected in areas such as the economy (creating a Housing Bubble, with only the best of intentions of course) and now foreign policy. “We just don’t have time to wait!” (Apply this statement to any piece of the leftist agenda.)
So we have lent our aid to overthrow dictatorships casting discipline, reason and rational aside. We have decided that it doesn’t matter if the population is capable of transition and instead of asking we have assumed that they would be willing to emulate our example. When you look at the greatest failures of the Left it is always related to acceleration. And, predictably, this stands to be no different.
What we are left with is hope that the “newly liberated” population demands that their country becomes receptive to republican democracy.
What they are left with is the turmoil, the death, and the cleaning up of the mess made all the harder by the spectre of failure as the new leaders tighten their grip.
The new boss is same as the old boss… just better funded.
Why do the Statists have to repeat this lesson ad nauseam?
Faster is rarely better… ask your wife.