'Democracy' has a large definition , but I want to concentrate on this :
Karl Popper defined democracy in contrast to dictatorship or tyranny, thus focusing on opportunities for the people to control their leaders and to oust them without the need for a revolution.
Many powerful nations, such as USA support dictatorship countries like Saudi Arabia ,Egypt (especially before the revolution) and many others. There are many well documented examples of such alliances. This source describes a few.
So can a democratic country support a dictatorship leaders and still be called a real democracy?.(There are many justifications for such actions, but whether or not they are just is another subject altogeather)
Likewise, can a democratic country invade countries for resources ? For example, the :1954_Guatemalan_coup_d'etat or the war on Iraq, which many suspect was primarily motivated by a desire to control more oil resources. There are many other examples.
How can Karl's description of democracies as a contrast to dictatorships describe nations which frequently help and support dictatorial nations?
If democracies are characterized by 'People controlling their leader(s)' .. Do the people really accept such behavior as supporting dictatorship countries and declaring wars to take another civilization's resources ?.