Here's a brilliant piece on Belarus from Jonathan Steele in today's Guardian. I have always argued that when the Empire and its propagandists talk of 'democracy'- they mean Henry Ford democracy-i.e. the voters can have any government they like so long as it is neo-liberal and pro-Western. Their petulant response to the victory of Hamas in Palestine, to Hugo Chavez in Venezvuela and to the democratically elected Iranian government- together with their continuing efforts to undermine President Lukashenko in Belarus only bear witness to this. True democracy- when people are free to choose whichever government they like- be it socialist, communist, nationalist or Islamist- really is the last thing the disciples of Henry Jackson want.