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August 8, 2006

On the Israel-Hez War and the Democratic Peace

Angie just posted this question:

Hi Professor Rummel. I've read your stuff in the past and was just wondering if you had thought about posting something that counters the recent media criticism that I've seen where someone mentioned that Israel and Lebanon are both democratic. I forgot the reporter, but it seems like someone was questioning the validity of the proposition by yourself and President Bush (I have read that he has read Natan Sharansky's book on democracy) that greater democracy is a solution to global violence.

Will you counter that question at all?

I have. My post on this is here. As to both Israel and Lebanon being democratic, see this post also.

Upate: The war is not against, nor does it involve, the state of Lebanon. It is being fought by and against Hezbollah, which itself is a surrogate of Iran. Hezbollah controls the south of Lebanon, however it has no official connection with the Lebanese state, and the Lebanese army is not engaged in fighting Israel. In essence, this is a war between Israel and Iran.

Posted by Rudy at August 8, 2006 11:19 AM

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