Pat Bucahan asks what American democracy has to offer the world besides the “diversity” that Europe is currently rejecting wholesale. Certainly attempts at democratizing the Middle East have not gone well, as Pat explains. He writes at The American Conservative (abridged):
What does American democracy now offer the world as its foremost attribute, its claim to greatness?
“Our diversity is our strength!” proclaims this generation.
But is not diversity what Europe is openly fleeing from?
Is there any country of the Old Continent clamoring for more migrants from the Maghreb, sub-Sahara, or Middle East?
Broadly, it seems more true to say that the world is turning away from transnationalism toward tribalism, and away from diversity and back to the ethno-nationalism whence nations came.
The diversity our democracy has on offer is not selling.
In the Middle East, free elections produced a Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt, Hamas in Palestine, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. After this, a disillusioned Bush 43 White House called off the democracy crusade.
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