In one of the early episodes of “The Simpsons”, Bart switches tests with Martin and gets himself placed in a gifted class. He expects it to be easy, but it’s not what he imagined. In a class discussion, the students are asked to come up with an example of a paradox. The best Bart can do is “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!”
But what more is there to a paradox? The US faces the same choice in Egypt now, or in the Middle East in general. If we support and advocate for democracy, we are meddling in the affairs of sovereign nations, and pushing a Western version of democracy on human rights on cultures that have different values, that are just as legitimate as ours, that we don’t understand, and this is why they engage in terrorism against us. If we support the leaders in place, we are supporting dictators who crush the people, who justifiably hate us, and this is why they engage in terrorism against us. Paradoxical indeed.
You can’t win with a leftist, which is why arguing with them or engaging them in any way is pointless.