I can see a good discussion here, maybe it has all ready happened. If a country's ideals promote freedom/liberty, should that country be dealing with dictators? The U.S. has a long history of this. Take a look at the U.S. and Saudi Arabia among others. The fact of the matter is that many locations in this world are populated with dictatorships. While a democracy would prefer to deal with other democracies, if you want to influence events in other parts of the world, you will have to pick and choose your dictators. The point a democracy pushes a dictatorship towards democracy depends on a countries long and short term goals. This is a fact of life. But in this process does it mean you belittle your own standard of democracy and liberty? I tend to say 'yes', but it's not a black and white situation.