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Friday, October 14, 2005

Arab League Visit

By John Valentine
President of the Utah Senate

We were honored today by a visit from Hussein Hassouna, Ambassador to the U.S. for the League of Arab States. He and his wife spent several days in Utah meeting with public officials, religious leaders, professors, and students. They were even able to take in a football game!

One of the interesting things he mentioned is that the Arab League favors democracy, but it must make sense in the context of their experience. It cannot be foreign and it cannot be forced.

I wonder what the differences would be between an American-style democracy and an Arab democracy, appropriate to their history and culture. Food for thought.

The Senate was honored by the Arab League's visit and we wish Ambassador Hassouna and his family well in their travels.

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