I was very disappointed by the article in Tuesday's Irish Independent suggesting that democracy would not be a good thing due to the influence of Muslim religious leaders.
At times, Muslim societies have been more tolerant of other religions than our own Christian societies. If at the time of partition the argument was that the Republic of Ireland wouldn't be suitable for democracy due to civic and political leadership of Catholic bishops, there would have been outrage.
The suppression of democracy has fed extremism and the West's passive response to the horrific attacks on the population in Libya is deplorable.
The Arab people demanding democracy should be protected against genocide, just as NATO and the EU did in Kosovo. It is not only just but in our best interests to avoid destruction of industries and an exodus of people fleeing their country.
Cllr Steve Radford
President of The Liberal Party (UK)