El Feo: I am not deliberately being racist-but maybe you are right that there is some inherent racism/culturalism involved in my arguments.
I guess my point is that "democracy" or representative government requires a certain level of cultural/historical development. Let's be honest, the U.S. severly restricted the franchse (through often semi-legal or downright illegal methods) until the teens (for women) and the 1960s for southern blacks.
Coming in, guns blazing, does not mean that we will successfully be able to implant a functional representational "democracy" in a place like Iraq that is not even really a nation but is a collection of peoples cobbled together by colonial powers. Too often, this kind of imposed democracy degenerates into factional or tribal violence. While skeptical of "benevolent" dictatorships, in a practicle sense, sometimes imposed "republics" are so disfunctional that such states do work better than theoretical democracies. I wish it wasn't true, but . . .
Doesn't mean that we can't PROMOTE the ideal of representational government. Just that we have to be careful to recognize that "democracy" is not something instantly importable.