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Umagaman said: “I love China and the Chinese people”|
>>> we heard this before (you are not the first and will not be the last). But would you love us for what we are and not for what you want us to be? To love us for what we are (who we are, why we are and our systems, etc), we know you are at least sincere. To love us for what you want us to be, you’re hypocrisy. We read you – your double standard.
"since your are attacking my country's system of government, here is my perspective on yours:”
>>> That’s a tit-for-tat and I read you. You may elect to say I ‘attack’ your country’s system of government but clearly it is a system fraught with serious faults and vulnerable to abuses which are rife. I pointed out the ‘risk’ that comes with electing a government in a democratic system where you stand a 50:50 chance of having a wrong government voted in. Like your buddy pointed out, even a MORON could be your government one day (in a democratic system of government –Possible!)
Remember, in a democratic system, the ‘choice’ is not yours alone but many. It is a gamble whose ‘choice’ gets elected. Choice also comes with responsibilities. It could even be a choice of some external forces which do not share any responsibility.
2 years ago when America led by terror-cult Bush (elected by the people) unilaterally started the war attacking Iraq, tens of thousands New Yorkers took to the street to protest. In the last election, Bush almost lost to Kerry. He was saved only by the surprise T.V. appearance of Osama Bin Ladin who gave the Americans a big scare. So, is it your choice or the choice (or mistake?) of Bin Ladin that Bush got elected to continue his aggressive foreign policies and put the lives of his American people and other innocent people at risk? Bush won by a mere 51%. **So, that’s your choice and an informed choice, indeed. ** [??]
Blair won his second term with only 37% votes. Today, London is bombed. Al Qaeda was blamed but EXACTLY whose fault is it that you choose a government which engages in attacking and offending others?
The essence of democracy is about choice. It is also about TAKING RESPONSIBILITIES. In a perfect world, this will be an excellent choice of government. A perfect world entails perfect information and perfect knowledge. If only truths are spoken and everyone has equal access to truths and are free from fear and other undue influences, we make informed decisions. But, this is not a perfect world and there goes your ‘unrealised’ dreams.
The facts remain that both Bush and Blair lied and continue to deceive their people and the world to ‘justify’ their war on Iraq. To this day, there are no weapons of mass destruction (WMD), there is no truth in the 45-minute scare that Blair deceived his UK people (which cost of the life of UK’s TOP scientist, the late Dr David Kelly) and 9/11 was the acts of Al Qaeda and not Iraq which did not even support the Al Qaeda. Of course, Bush and Blair did the big favour of laying the red carpet for the Al Qaeda who, in turn, voted them in. Today, London’s bombing is just a small dessert from their godfather, Al Qaeda.
"The only reasons to stop a nations people from having a say in who leads them is if the incumbent leadership believes:
a. The majority of people do not believe in their leadership and the incumbents would not hold onto their power if an alternative was made available; or
b. The majority of the population do not know what is good for them and need to be told.”
>>> I don’t follow your point a. Clarify and I will respond.
As for point b., simply ask yourself, is it by default that you love ‘morons’ and ‘people who do not know what is good for them and need to be told’? Is that what attracts you to the Chinese people? Love us for what we are and we will tell YOU what is good and no good.