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From the Ted Talk by Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters

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Ten years ago, however, the promise of democracy seemed to be extraordinary. ______ W. Bush stood up in his State of the Union _______ in 2003 and said that democracy was the force that would beat most of the ills of the world. He said, because __________ governments respect their own ______ and _______ their neighbors, freedom will bring peace. _____________ academics at the same time argued that democracies had this incredible _____ of side benefits. They would bring prosperity, security, overcome sectarian violence, ensure that states would never again harbor terrorists.

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  3. george
  4. distinguished
  5. address
  6. democratic
  7. people

Original Text

Ten years ago, however, the promise of democracy seemed to be extraordinary. George W. Bush stood up in his State of the Union address in 2003 and said that democracy was the force that would beat most of the ills of the world. He said, because democratic governments respect their own people and respect their neighbors, freedom will bring peace. Distinguished academics at the same time argued that democracies had this incredible range of side benefits. They would bring prosperity, security, overcome sectarian violence, ensure that states would never again harbor terrorists.

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