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Dec 08, 2009
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Ismail Serageldin, Director of Egypt's Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Democracy Is a Goal in and of Itself, Not a Means to an End

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Source: Dream TV (Egypt)

Following are excerpts from an interview with Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. The interview was aired on Dream2 TV (Egypt) on December 8, 2009.

Sarageldin: In my view, it is a mistake to say that we need democracy in order to be successful scientifically,

economically, and so on. We need democracy because it is the regime that best defends human rights. Democracy is a goal in and of itself, and not a means to an end. Democracy is a goal to which all societies should aspire because it is the regime

that is the most successful in defending human rights

and human dignity. Democracy is not just

the right of the majority. It also protects the minority

from the oppression of the majority.

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