There is a specter haunting the world. The specter is democracy. As U.S. President George W. Bush never fails to remind us: Democracy is on the march and there is no stopping it.

Everywhere one now looks, free elections are being held -- from Iraq to Bolivia; from Palestine to Venezuela. The power of the ballot box is the ultimate power, and Bush should be rejoicing with the unchained masses.

But, alas, he isn't. That is because the results of these free elections do not necessarily match those envisaged by the Bush administration.