War Between Democracies:

"Although there is no undisputed case of two democracies at war, the evidence certainly casts doubt on the thesis. In fact, the thesis is not nearly as strong as the statement that no two countries with a MacDonald's Restaurant have ever gone to war with one another."

Fast food comes to Iraq:

"Fastfood giants Pizza Hut and Burger King have set up their first franchises inside war-torn Iraq, even as many aid convoys waited on the borders for the war to officially end. The arrival of the two restaurants - sited inside giant trailers on a British military base near Basra - won a rapturous welcome from soldiers, whose limited range of rations lost their appeal many weeks ago."

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5 Responses:

  1. andrewducker says:

    There's certainly cases of democracies undermining other democracies through funding third parties....

    But the Mac thesis is fantastic.

  2. McDonalds' Yugoslavia information seems to disagree with you. The only escape I see from this quandry is that the US adventure in Kosovo was technically not a declared war...

    Nevertheless I think it's basically an interesting line of thought, and someone should try to make a proof based on some other fast food franchise.

  3. flipzagging says:

    I've noted this elsewhere on LJ, but I can't get over this. In March 2003...

    • George W. Bush launches a war to create an Arab ally for America.
    • McDonald's launches the McArabia.