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Waking from the Democratic Dream (in the Middle East)
National Interest ^ | June 25, 2012 | Robert Merry

Posted on 06/26/2012 5:21:27 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

The time has come for the United States to give up on the notion of democracy in the Middle East. It isn’t going to happen, at least not anytime soon, and the country is starting to look silly with so many of its intellectuals clinging to a notion that has no basis in reality. Just look at Iraq, set upon a course that many Americans thought would lead to democracy, and paid for with the blood of more than four thousand American dead and some thirty-three thousand wounded. What do we see in today’s Iraq? A budding dictatorship moving in the direction of the last one—but with a big difference: this one is dominated by Shiites, a power arrangement that appreciably enhances the regional influence of neighboring Iran, considered by many Americans as their country’s most nettlesome adversary.

Look at Egypt, where the “Arab Spring” set American hearts aflutter with the prospect of democratic pluralism. The lesson there is that it’s impossible to overestimate the willingness of the traditional power blocs to upend any democratic structures or procedures that threaten their position and prerogatives in that venerable land. Consider tiny Kuwait, where the highest court just annulled the duly run parliamentary elections of February, in which opposition forces made serious gains against the country’s status quo forces. And look at Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, where any democratic sentiments are quickly quashed whenever they gain any apparent traction at all.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: democracy; middleeast

1 posted on 06/26/2012 5:21:34 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The idea that Iraq, once de-Saddamed, could be left alone was fatuous.


2 posted on 06/26/2012 5:26:50 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I think Democracy requires a certain mindset among the populace. You either have it or you don’t. Sadly, I think we are losing that mindset here. Too many of our fellow countryman will sell out for food stamps and an SSI check.


3 posted on 06/26/2012 5:28:30 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Simple fact.. democracy and Islam are incompatible. In the 1920s when Kemal Ataturk created modern Turkey from the remains of the Ottoman Empire, he insisted on a wholly secular government knowing that an Islamist state could never function with any semblance of a western democracy.


4 posted on 06/26/2012 5:33:00 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.

There was a reason for the iron-fisted secular dictators in those regions...to keep the maniacal moslem murderers from gaining control.

Now the islamic plague is epidemic.


5 posted on 06/26/2012 5:35:15 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The truth is that DEMOCRACY DOES NOT WORK! Our founders rejected democracy as the worst possible form of government second only to a pure dictatorship. Another term for democracy is ‘mob rule’ and these countries are just getting what the majority of them want.


6 posted on 06/26/2012 6:10:38 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Mohammad was a mayor. In Islam religion and politics are interwoven - - they're one.

Democracy can't exist in a Muslim country without force..

Freedom of religion can't exist in a Muslim country without force.

Protection for women and children can't exist in a Muslim country without force.

Freedom to draw cartoons mocking the religion can't exist in a Muslim country without force....

What were the idiot liberals thinking?

7 posted on 06/26/2012 7:51:52 AM PDT by GOPJ (The 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s not safe to assume the outcome isn’t going as envisioned by Obama. The rest of the leftists are just useful idiots for championing this revolution.


8 posted on 06/26/2012 8:03:55 AM PDT by Dysart (Race card is tryranny)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Weirdly, I saw a back issue of Foreign Policy Magazine from the early part of 2008 in which it predicted the Arab spring in the exact order that the leadership fell, rather eerie.


9 posted on 06/26/2012 8:22:59 AM PDT by ladylee
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