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Why does the Western world think democracy is a magical, catch all solution?

There seems to be this sort of prevalent attitude in the Western world that democracy is something of a catch all solution for all the world's political problems.

Now, lets just get this out of the way. This isn't some pro-autocracy/democracy is bad argument, I believe the system has many benefits. I'm not for one second disputing all the good its done in many countries. What I am claiming, is that there are situations where its not the right answer.

Take for example the recent revolution and election in Egypt. Dictator toppled, Muslim Brotherhood elected democratically, uses democratic tools to get rid of democracy, toppled by military. If it wasn't for the military, chances are Egypt would have been going down the road to being a theocracy right now.
The same happens whenever a country with a long standing tradition of politically active religious groups with a wide voting base. Any democratic election will lead to democracy being canceled in short order.

While I dislike using it as an example, it also can't be ignored that Hitler originally rose to power democratically. The same is true for many other dictators, of both religious and secular leanings. That's what happens when a democratic tradition simply isn't there.

Any transition to democracy, needs to be done carefully, and with the bare minimum force of arms. Its not something that can be rammed down people's throats, and there are simply situations where the political climate doesn't allow it work.

I'm trying to get some insight as to why the western world doesn't see that?

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  • Sep 6 2013: Democracy has its advantages as well as its disadvantages also. And one of the disadvantage is that when clever politicians,criminal and mafia , and the nexus of both highjack the system , then the people get trapped into the system.Due to democracy the people can't do anything , they can only vote . This is what is happening in India now.Some 2500 hundreds years ago during the times of Chanakya India faced the same situation , but during that time democracy system didn't existed in India. Chanakya along with his disciple Chandra Gupt Mauraya raised the army and started the war with the then greedy rulers and dethroned them .But, now as India has a democracy system , people can't raise the army and dethrone the moron politicians, who are no less than criminals indulging into lot of scams.

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