Cheney calls for democratic reforms in the Middle East
Democratic nations must join together to fight terrorism and the spread of the world's most dangerous weapons, but if diplomacy fails, they must be ready to use force, Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday.
In remarks at the World Economic Forum, Cheney defended the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. "We must act with all urgency this danger demands," Cheney said.
Ideologies of violence must be confronted at the source by nurturing democracy throughout the Middle East and beyond, Cheney said.
Cheney asked Europe to stand with the United States in supporting democratic reforms in Iran, to make a pitch for Turkey's entrance into the European Union, and he asked for more deployable troops.
Nurturing democracy, especially in the Middle East, is essential to halting terrorism, Cheney said. (Albawaba.com)
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