Read this from the New York Times in 1966 or 67 ... substitute the word "Vietnam" for the word "Iraq" and the word "Vietcong" for the words "Iraqi Insurgency" or "Al Qaeda terrorists" ...
... and compare with current discoure of trying to introduce democracy against a background of 'evil terrorists'.
"It is indeed the first real evidence that President Bush's grand design of
toppling a dictator and forcing a democracy into the heart of the Middle
East could work." (Urban, Newsnight, BBC2, April 12, 2005)
The BBC's director of news, Helen Boaden:
"The Iraqi elections are the first democratic elections in Iraq for 50
years - acknowledged as a democratic opportunity. We know that the Americans
and the British want the elections to be free and fair - but of course we
don't yet know if that will be the case - especially bearing in mind
security." (Forwarded to Media Lens, January 21, 2005)
Adam Curtis, World Deputy Editor, BBC News Interactive:
"while the Bush administration very probably has motives other than the promotion of democracy in Iraq, it has certainly gone to considerable lengths to try to establish a framework for elections." (e-mail to media lens contributor)