How many democratically elected governments have been eliminated in whole or in part by outside interference?
After watching Shirin Neshat's talk where she stated that the democratically elected government of Iran was undermined and ousted by a coup funded by another country, I began to wonder how often this has happened in the last century. Can anyone give support to her claim or evidence of any other example where this has occurred?
Why has the international community tolerated it?
Why haven't democratic governments roundly condemned it?
Why are the voices of those people who had their choice in government stolen so easily silenced? Were they just too distracted by the subsquent turmoil in their countries?
Do the citizens of the countries who do the interfering know about the tactics their governments are using?
If they do not know- why don't they know?
Are they responsible whether they knew or not or is there some other position to take?
Closing Statement from Debra Smith
I have the responsibility and privelege of summing up this conversation but I find that I am not equal to the task because we have just begun to explore the issues involved.
Thus, rather than make a summary I will make a commitment to learn more about the issues involved and to post another question soon.
Thanks to all who chose to participate and who shared their knowledge.