A Doctor for Young Democracies: ALLEN WEINSTEIN

ALLEN WEINSTEIN helps guide emerging nations toward pluralism. Now he is examining Bulgaria's role in the attempted assassination of the Pope.

Q. So many of the leaders of the world's new emerging democracies are people who, in one way or another, have had their lives profoundly affected by the dictatorships they are replacing. Is this pattern natural? Necessary? Useful?

A. It is useful in important therapeutic ways. It is useful to have leaders such as Czechoslovakia's Vaclav Havel, Poland's Lech Walesa, the Philippines' Corazon Aquino, Nicaragua's Violeta Chamorro, who have all suffered directly, in order to deal with the challenge of change for a society at that moment. There is an extraordinary burden that ordinary people endure when they recognize, perhaps after...

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