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Mongolian President: 'Realists' Wrong About Middle East

5:08 PM, Apr 7, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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As Ben Smith notes, Mongolian president Elbegdorj Tsakhia correctly states in Foreign Policy that "so-called 'realists'" got the Middle East wrong: 

To many foreign-policy "experts," especially so-called "realists," these Middle Eastern movements for political liberalization come as a complete surprise. They should not. What we are witnessing speaks to a primary human value granted to each of us, no matter the country: the desire for freedom and the urge to peacefully work to see one's values reflected in government. People deprived of this right will naturally seek it, fight for it, and if necessary, die for it.

Leaders should acknowledge this fact and unleash the tremendous potential of their countrymen through political liberalization. From this will flow greater education, greater economic benefits, and a better standard of living for all to enjoy. Democracies are inherently peaceful. A democratic process seeks solutions through dialogue and negotiation, not through violent acts or the use of force.

President Tsakhia, welcome to the freedom community!

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