What most Americans often don't seem to realize is that a Craig-like credibility gap characterizes how the US is perceived by much of the outside world . . . ."Of a very theocratic sort"--that's an important qualification.
The US promotes democratization in the Middle East and has taken direct action by invading Afghanistan and Iraq to bestow the blessings of democracy. However, for Muslims, the coverup emerges when Washington then rejects the outcome of the democratic process following Hamas's victory in the 2006 Palestinian elections, and when it disregards the fact that in Lebanon Hizbullah is an elected part of the government. Washington ignores the fact that Iran is a democracy (albeit one of a very theocratic sort) with hotly contested elections . . .
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