September 24th, 2003 • 10:29 pm
This “Live Online” transcript on the Washington Post web site in which Associated Editor Robert Kaiser answers questions from readers is an interesting read.
It shows that at least some Americans have a fairly open-minded and balanced view of the whole US/Iraq/UN situation.
The question it doesn’t address, of course, is how representative this is of the general public mood in the US at this point. I guess we’ll have to wait until the 2004 election.
The distressing fact that this whole saga has illustrated is that, under the cover of “democracy”, what we really have in the US and many other modern societies is a form of “intermittent oligarchy”, with a handful of people brought in from the president’s entourage who, for a few years, are free to indulge in any of their social/economic/political fantasies and to manipulate the media (and, therefore, public opinion) into believing that this is all “democracy at work”.
I am not advocating recall procedures, far from it. But surely this system where, once elected with a majority, politicians are free to roam while remaining above both domestic and international law does not really deserve to be called a democracy.