Following the Prime Minister's decision to recall Parliament in order to seek its approval before launching military attacks, President Obama has now also similarly decided to seek the approval of Congress before the US launches strikes against Syria.
This sudden passion for democratic accountability is reported to have spread to other countries as well. In future President Assad will ask permission from the Syrian People's Council each time he wants to gas his population.
Kim Jong-un plans to go further, conducting an opinion poll of the entire population to see if the people of N Korea want him to award his former girl-friends generous pensions, give them well paid jobs in the government or have them machine-gunned to death with their families forced to watch.
"Democracy has an incredibly civilising effect" said one observer.