mercredi 28 mars 2012

Coup d'état: Is democracy a failed utopia?

I just landed on this video, a documentary that covers the December 19th 1989 attack of the United States on Panama. This invasion of the country, that happened during nightime, was a terrible incident of the American diplomatic and armed forces: After the US stopped working with Panama's head of state, the infamous Noriega, he refused to leave his position to be replaced by a new US-compliant president. Then-president George Bush decided that it could not afford to have an ennemy ruling Panama, hence the blitzkrieg launched against Panama in December 1989.

The Panama Deception (1992), winner of the 1992 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

While this sounds like an old story, there are still coup d'état happening nowadays, in many countries. Those coup d'état seriously violate the UN's guidelines for a demoncratic world, but they happen, sometime failing, sometime succeding.

Here are a few examples:

In other words, some countries do not live with a democratic system: Every new leader gains power with violence because all actual leaders violate the principles of democracy out of a fear of losing their power. While this is sad, it reflects the reality of things: Is democracy a failed utopia?

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