Vote war criminal
Among all of the garbage taught in public schools these days, one of the worst ideas is that democracy is a preferred form of government, or that it was what the Founders desired. After years of brainwashing, I often used to conflate democracy and liberty without realizing that one is fundamentally incompatible with the other. The lessons of the recent Serbian general election illustrate one of the many drawbacks of democracy.
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic also won a seat in parliament. Milosevic is on trial at The Hague, charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Balkans in the 1990s.
Like Milosevic, Seselj is also facing a war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
Let me repeat for emphasis: both of these guys are suspected war criminals. And they have achieved success in the election. And before you counter that those who voted for them are somehow "irrational" or "uneducated" or ignorant of their long term survival, let me assure you that most know exactly what they want and are pursuing the best strategy to obtain it. They want power, and they want control over their fellow man. Voting for these thugs gives them a chance to have it. The political apparatus is the machinery they hope to capture to use to reach their goals. Democracy is the means.
I have no doubt that many in the Bush administration believe that simply holding elections will somehow magically transform Iraq into a free country. They are wrong.
The reason the West has been free and properous is not because people periodically pull levers. It's because there exists (for now) some semblance of respect for the rights to life, liberty, and property, and a mechanism, albeit flawed, to enforce them. These rights are the cornerstone of voluntary interactions, economic growth, and long term prosperity. They may be written down in constitutions, but in the end, their conservation is the business and burden of civil society. Ultimately, only a culture of liberty, not a periodic auction of stolen goods and a monopoly on violence, can be their safeguard.