This I Believe

Jonathan - Brookline, Massachusetts
Entered on January 10, 2007

I believe that we as Americans all agree that our nation is more than a “constitutional monarchy”, that it has a system of checks and balances to prevent an influential president from taking their post as “commander-in-chief” as an absolute power.

Historians agree that since ancient Greece, no democracy has ever been sucessfully imposed upon one nation by another.

So why is it that we can’t agree that our president’s objectives in Iraq are unprecedented and at the very least unaffordable, both economically and in terms of American lives.

More Americans have died in Iraq since 9/11/01 than who died on that fateful date, yet the level of terrorism in Iraq, the Mideast and the world has only grown worse.

I believe that the reason is that we refuse to accept that not only is it unrealistic to suppose that we can impose democracy on other nations, but that if we could it would reduce terrorism.