Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Supports President Bush’s Vision for Democracy

Summer 2004

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) has strongly supported the U.S. efforts to bring democracy to Iraq and its citizens. We recognize the special considerations inherent in establishing a democratic government in a non-Western society. We applaud President Bush, in his remarks at the recently concluded NATO summit in Turkey, and his recognition of the need for an Iraqi democracy to be established in accordance with the guiding principles of an Islamic society. As the President stated in his remarks, "Democracy, by definition, must be chosen and defended by the people themselves. The future of freedom in the Islamic world will be determined by the citizens of Islamic nations, not by outsiders." The JWV reaffirms its support for a democratic Middle East, but one that is established, not with the model of a Western society, but one that takes into account the needs and traditions of the people of Iraq themselves. As the President noted, "Because representative governments reflect their people, every democracy has its own structure, traditions, and opinions." The JWV supports the fledgling efforts of a free and democratic Iraq and looks forward to the establishment of a society that reflects the needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people.

 

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