Afghanistan steps into democracy with first election

Freedom Newspapers I t likely will take some years to know if the Oct 9 election in Afghanistan was more than an exercise in futility. Preliminary results show that incumbent President Hamid Karzai “won a landslide victory in Afghanistan’s first ever presidential election at the weekend,” reported The New York Times. However, on the afternoon […]

Electoral College not outdated, serves purpose

Freedom Newspapers We all know the types of people who, if they can’t win the game fair and square, will skirt the rules in pursuit of victory. There are also people, unfortunately, who if they still can’t win will re-write the rules in their favor. These are the kinds of people pushing Amendment 36 in […]

Bush’s speech a spirited defense of the dubious

Freedom Newspapers You ached for the president to say something like, “We made some mistakes and our intelligence was far from perfect. But we’re there now, Saddam is gone, and we’ve got to get through the tough times. Experience has made us realistic enough to know we can’t establish instant democracy. Democracy can’t be established […]

Intelligence adn terrorism define Iraq after a year

Editorial Perhaps the recent bombings of and attacks on hotels in Basra, Baghdad, Falluja and Baquba should be viewed in some context. Even if things were going reasonably well, Americans could have expected opposition forces to be able to muster enough resources to create some chaos around the first anniversary of the start of the […]

Russia’s election practices preclude name ‘democracy’

Freedom Newspapers White House officials viewed election results in Russia with mild alarm, murmuring without attribution of a “retreat from democracy.” What the election results demonstrated, however, was that democracy is not enough. Democracy is simply a way of choosing rulers. For people to have a fighting chance of living in a decent society, it […]