Like most democracies, the actions of Israel’s government reflect the the majority view of its citizens as (perhaps) do those of the elected leadership of Hamas in Gaza. Opinions of the wider world have little standing. Similar democratic choice was excercised when voters in America and Britain returned their leaders after the invasion of Iraq that appalled so much of the wider international community. Since 9/11, richer developed countries have vigorously advocated the concept of sovereign democratic choice which in recent years has contributed to the present bloodshed in Libya, Iraq, Egypt and (moving out of the Middle East) the newly independent South Sudan whose civil war has produced the worst food crisis in the world and , of course, Ukraine. There can be no summary slaying of such an entrenched myth that elections lead to freedom, but as starters, it might be an idea to eliminate two words from diplomatic vocabulary so threat and aspiration become more transparent. Those words are Terror and Democracy.