Democracy or imperialism? Ask the experts
The US-led operation to introduce democracy to Iraq has suffered severe setbacks since the main conflict ended.
While some Iraqi Muslims have welcomed American-led attempts to introduce Western style pluralism, others view America's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan with deep suspicion.
Are Muslims right to be suspicious of US motives?
Prominent figures in the Bush administration have pointed to what they see as a lack of participatory democracy in most Muslim states, and argue that America's security post 9/11 is no longer guaranteed through non-democratic regimes.
Should Muslim countries embrace a US-style democracy? Or are they threatened by a form of US imperialism? What does the New World Order mean for Islam? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/3085046.stm
Khatami: Mankind needs peaceful co-existence, consensus
Tehran, Sept 7, IRNA -- President Seyed Mohammad Khatami said here on
Sunday that mankind today is in need of peaceful co-existence and
President Khatami in a meeting with outgoing Swedish Ambassador to
Tehran Steen Hohwe Christensen pointed to Sweden`s efforts to
establish foundations of democracy and international consensus, hoping
for settlement of historical misunderstandings between the World of
Islam and Europe, which certain powers are badly trying to turn into
Khatami condemned all forms of terror and terrorism, while
referring to an assassination attempt on the life of Hamas spiritual
leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin.
Sheikh Yassin was slightly injured when Israeli F-16 warplanes
fired missiles on an apartment in Gaza on Saturday. Yassin was there
along with Hamas political leader Ismail Hanieh to visit a Palestinian
professor. 17 people, mostly women and children, were injured in the
Khatami said understanding, wisdom and peaceful co-existence are
the sole ways for establishment of calm and stability in the region
and at the international level.
He also pointed to recent pressures on Iran by certain powers on
alleged attempts to development of nuclear technology, and said Iran
is completely against development of weapons of mass destruction.
"Iran has no plan whatsoever to develop such weapons and is only
trying to have at its disposal the fuel and peaceful nuclear
industry," said Khatami.
The president said that if the upcoming session of the
International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA) Governing Council wants to
technically and judicially investigate Iran`s case there would be no
problem but any political approaches and unjustified pretexts would
pose to be problematic.
Christensen, for his part, stressed consolidation of relations
between Tehran and Stockholm in various areas, hoping that through
mutual cooperation, relations among regional states and Europe would
be improved. http://www.irna.ir/#2003_09_0719_51_396