Can Modern Democracy Survive War? - Page 2




 
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Boots
 
August 1st, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
During WW2 in Britain democracy was really suspended until almost the end of the war. They set up a coalition government form the main parties and then got about organising them self's to win the war and on the whole they did a very good job of it.
August 1st, 2005  
Locke
 
 
good posting guys, keep it coming
August 1st, 2005  
LIPS
 
 
Of cause it can and will
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Boots
August 7th, 2005  
godofthunder9010
 
 

Topic: Re: Can Modern Democracy Survive War?


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Originally Posted by Whispering Death
With the press more free to influence public opinion than any other society in history, can a democratic society actually win a long-term war?

In the recent war in Iraq it was seen that ON DAY 4 of the war the news networks where spouting out "is this a quagmire" because the American armed forces had merely stopped to resupply. With such an outlook, do democratic systems actually have the stomach for war anymore? The politicians are dependent on the voters for their opinions and if the voters are motivited in a certain direction by the media (as shown to be effective in the Madrid train bombings) can a democratic system actually win a high-intensity war like WW2 when mid-intensity wars like 2002 Iraq war have proven so controvertial? What happens when the body count is 300,000 instead of 1,700?

Which begs the even greater question, is autocracy the only governmental system that can provide the #1 reason that human beings create governments, protection from extortion and death by war? Over a long-term timespan can "free" people's live out free lives or do they become so decadent, like gluttonous morbidly obese persons who are so fat that they die or heart attack, that they can't do what is neccessary to maintin their ability to live?
Perhaps the best cure for Democracy sabotaging your nation's ability to wage a war when necessary is pretty simple, though unpallettable to many. Do what Israel does and create a mandatory military service requirement for all male citizens. The biggest downfall of the citizenry in comprehending anything related to the military. Works for Israel. Could work for anyone.