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Unformatted text preview: e East will have a peaceful or stabilizing influence on America's interests in the short run is
open to question. Perhaps democratic Arab states would be more opposed to Israel, but nonetheless, their people would be better off. The United
States has brought democracy to Afghanistan, where 8.5 million Afghans, 40 percent of them women, voted in a critical October 2004 election,
even though remnant Taliban forces threatened them. The first free elections were held in Iraq in January 2005. It was the military power of the
United States that put Iraq on the path to democracy. Washington fostered democratic governments in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the
Caucasus. Now even the Middle East is increasingly democratic. They may not yet look like Western-style democracies, but democratic progress
has been made in Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, the Palestinian Authority and Egypt . By all accounts, the march of
democracy has been impressive. Third, along with the growth in the number of democratic states around the world has
been the growth of the global economy. With its allies, the United States has l...
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