Mideast democracy faces difficulties

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With great expectations we are happy to declare that democracy, after centuries of authoritarian rule, is about to triumph in the Middle East following the recent "people's revolution" in Tunisia and Egypt, and hope neighboring Muslim countries will follow suit.

However, I'm doubtful if such change will come to pass.

No such eventuality will happen soon in a region where there has never been the tradition nor the will for representative government. Whereas democracy is deeply ingrained in the America psyche, to Muslim peoples, barring a pitiable minority, kingship and authoritarian rule is the ultimate system for keeping squabbling parties together.

Last month, when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told President Obama he doesn't know Egyptian culture, he spoke the truth about the nature of his people. Likewise, when Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Iraqis are a difficult people to rule, he too knew his people. And now when Afghan President Hamid Karzai has started wooing the Taliban, he knows Afghan culture.

All this is hard to understand for leaders in democratic countries who think Western-style representative government can be plopped on nations where Muslim citizens are in the majority. In countries where democracy has been plopped -- such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, to mention a few glaring examples -- only corruption and bad governance have followed, adding greater misery to the already-miserable people chafing under dictatorships operating under the garb of democracy, and we fall for the bluff.

And then there is the specter of radical Islam, which is spreading fast in the wake of increasing interference in Islamic countries. In Egypt there is the Muslim Brotherhood; in Iraq, the fiercely Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr; in Afghanistan, the Taliban; and in Pakistan, the government itself dangling its nukes as bait for U.S. dollars.

We close our eyes to these dangers as if it is a passing phase, and kid ourselves into believing democracy will not permit such horrible fanatics to come to power. To bolster our defense against the threat, we keep pouring billions of dollars by way of bribes into troublesome Muslim countries who make us believe the mullahs are coming.

Zia Rehman

Augusta

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copperhead
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copperhead 02/09/11 - 07:02 am
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southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/09/11 - 07:16 am
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Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Syria,
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Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia...name ONE that is a free democracy. Only Israel has a democracy, and yet it has enemies everywhere, including here.

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Techfan 02/09/11 - 07:35 am
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copper: And you have a post

copper: And you have a post by a music writer ( who considers Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica as the greatest all time album) because?

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 02/09/11 - 07:42 am
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Why spend one more dollar or

Why spend one more dollar or lose one more life in trying to push democracy onto people whose religion and culture abhor it? Don't we realize that our nation is broke and is having to borrow money from China, which also hates freedom?

If our soldiers were home, they would be spending their paychecks here and even protecting our borders. We also could be drilling for and tapping into our own oil resources--all of which would greatly improve our negative balance of trade.

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sconservative 02/09/11 - 08:00 am
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So you are fine with people

So you are fine with people losing their lives as long as they are not Americans? You are fine with Rwanda, Serbia, Iraq, North Korea, etc.? Arabs are rioting in Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, etc. because the light of freedom cannot be hidden forever.

sconservative
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sconservative 02/09/11 - 08:14 am
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Niemoller: In [Nazi]

Niemoller: In [Nazi] Germany, they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist...When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat...When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; as I was not a trade unionist...then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew...When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

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dani 02/09/11 - 10:20 am
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Some folks don't seem to

Some folks don't seem to care about freedom - it's so much easier to be taken care of.

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Chillen 02/09/11 - 10:55 am
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This is such a complex issue.

This is such a complex issue. We are fighting an enemy that is unlike one we've ever encountered. They are not confined to one country, in fact, they are all interwoven here in our own country and spread all over Europe! Some are extremists, some claim they are not. The silence of the ones who claim they are not is concerning.

The other problem we face is that our anti-capitalism/progressive crowd here in the U.S. is out demonstrating and in full support of these extremist groups because they too are anti-capitalism. They share a similar platform. Our far left, looney fringe (about 10% of our population plus the unimformed sheeple) wants them to implement their sharia law because it will help kill capitalism (ooops, sorry liberals, I said kill. Oh My! Call the FBI, the CIA & Homeland Security!!!)

If I were in charge I'd pull all our troops out of the middle east and lob massive amounts of nukes at the ones giving us trouble. Why waste precious resouces and American lives trying to help those folks? They don't want it and it won't stop the radicals who are willing to die for their cause.

As a nation we've got to stop policing the world, stop being pansies and show the world who's the boss. In other words, we need to stop caving to our looney left. Then we'll earn some respect again.

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rmwhitley 02/09/11 - 01:13 pm
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Democracy means you can vote.
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Democracy means you can vote. Does not mean the vote will be counted.

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faithson 02/09/11 - 01:14 pm
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' lob massive amounts of

' lob massive amounts of nukes'.. Now here is a patriot, of what ?, I will not pledge put my allegiance . (RA 95B10 71-73)

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/09/11 - 01:17 pm
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Unfortunately, the genie is
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Unfortunately, the genie is out of the bottle. The "looney left" will haunt the former great nation of America until we collapse.

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Chillen 02/09/11 - 03:28 pm
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That is their goal rmwhitley.

That is their goal rmwhitley. Collapse the system and rebuild America as their socialist/communist looney left "eutopia".

They just underestimated the fight they had on their hands.

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rmwhitley 02/09/11 - 05:23 pm
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6 Senate seats can go
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6 Senate seats can go conservative in '12.

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