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Unformatted text preview: Doing so is a source of much good for the countries
concerned as well as the United States because, as John Owen noted on these pages in the Spring 2006 issue, liberal democracies are more likely
to align with the United States and be sympathetic to the American worldview.( n3) So, spreading democracy helps maintain U.S. primacy. In
addition, once states are governed democratically, the likelihood of any type of conflict is significantly reduced . This is
not because democracies do not have clashing interests. Indeed they do. Rather, it is because they are more open, more transparent
and more likely to want to resolve things amicably in concurrence with U.S. leadership. And so, in general, democratic
states are good for their citizens as well as for advancing the interests of the United States. Critics have faulted the Bush Administration for
attempting to spread democracy in the Middle East, labeling such aft effort a modern form of tilting at windmills. It is the obligation of Bush's
critics to explain why :democracy is good enough for Western states but not for the rest, and, one gathers from the argument, should not even be
attempted. Of course, whether democracy in the Middl...
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