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IRAQ: Bush's Positive Unintended Consequences

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All the negativity that Americans are expressing about the Iraq war goes to show just how much democracy you still enjoy. Bush may have lied or sincerely believed somebody who told him lies. I don't know. What I do know is that he hasn't shut down your freedom of expression -- only given you another reason to exercise American ingenuity to come up with an alternate way of having public conversations. There's something to be said for the unintended consequences of Bush's policies. Including the positive unintended consequences.

Speaking of democracy, what do you make of this: Britain's Labour Party gets re-elected to a majority with only 36% of the vote. The Republicans take the White House again with just over 50% of the vote. Meanwhile, Abu Mazen's Palestinian Authority forms a government with a full 60% of the vote. Does this make the Palestinian government more legitimate than its American or British counterparts, or do such results validate the democratic credentials of Bush and Blair, who've been pushing for elections in the Middle East?