The whole media is currently debating whether democracy is the system of kufar (disbelief) or Islam. Without going into this discussion, I would offer an observation culled over the past fourteen months after the democratic government came into power; democracy has failed miserably. Restoration of judges, drone attacks, ailing economy, peace in Swat, none of the problems could be solved in the parliament. The history of Pakistan is a testimony of the fact that both dictatorship and democracy failed to deliver here. Both systems have served as a tool for the western colonialists in this country. -MUHAMMAD SAAD KHAN, Islamabad, via e-mail, April 22.