Mauritania coup chief holds rally

August 18, 2008

…The coup has also been backed by the majority of the country’s politicians.   >>>>>

Maybe according to the majority of the country’s politicians, presently in office – POST COUP.  But according to the most recent elections, prior to the coup — the PEOPLE spoke otherwise.  That’s part of the problem with our understanding of democracy – it’s kind of like statistics…we tend to spin matters to subsets of people (numbers), manipulating other variables in order to justify the ‘new official position.’   We are forgetting about an element greater than that of the label of democracy itself….the rule of law. 

Would Americans accept it if a “…coup has also been backed by the majority of the country’s politicians?”  Not too hot of an idea, I take it.  If a coup successfully took place in a country, do you really believe those against the coup would be open to voice their opinion?  Didn’t think so on this one either?  Power is respected more than democracy itself.

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