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October 08, 2005

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My question is why this kind of thinking is still widespread. There was a lot of talk prior to Iraq and Afghanistan that Middle Easterners can't adopt democracy. There is also a "soft" racism in people declaring that blacks need the government, and that they can't get themselves out of poverty.

Marcin,

It's odder than that. At one time, people who thought there were inherent differences were considered racists. It seems to me that now it's often the people who think that Middle Easterners *can* develop democracy who are considered racists and imperialists.

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