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buzzsaw_23 Donating Member (631 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 11:16 PM
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Rice: Force Necessary for Democracy
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Rice: Force necessary for democracy

Saturday 01 October 2005, 15:24 Makka Time, 12:24 GMT

The US secretary of state sought to justify US military action

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has defended the use of military force to advance the cause of democracy and liberty as "the only guarantee of true stability and lasting security".

"In a world where evil is still very real, democratic principles must also be backed with power in all its forms: Political and economic, cultural and moral, and yes, sometimes military," Rice said on Friday, in a speech at Princeton University in the northeastern state of New Jersey.

Alluding to countries such as Germany and France that opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq, Rice said: "Any champion of democracy who promotes principles without power can make no real difference in the lives of oppressed people."


"Some would argue that this broad approach to the problem is making the world less stable by rocking the boat and wrecking the status quo. But this presumes the existence of a stable status quo that does not threaten global security. This is not the case.

Rice believes US troops must
stay in Iraq for future security
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