True Democracy For The Middle East

Well, US Secretary of State Condileeza Rice has arrived in the Middle East for talks aimed at negotiating a ceasefire, and to announce humanitarian aid. All well and good. Dr Rice has also said that the long term solution lies in "peaceful and democratic society" in the Middle East.

Ah, peace and democracy! They go so well together, like strawberries and cream, Paris Hilton and scandal, blogger and opinionated know-it-all. Though Israel is a democracy, and so was Lebanon
last time I checked. The problem is, of course, that free voting means that people are free to vote for Hezbollah, or conversely Likud.

Nonetheless "democracy" is the current US one-size-fits all solution to the problems of the world. The US is determined to impose a democratic society upon the people of Iraq, whether they like it or not. (Which provides an interesting contrast to the previous US policy of supporting the overthrow of democratically elected governments, such as in
Chile in 1973, but never let consistency get in the way of a good foreign policy).

Events are still unfolding, so it remains to be seen whether any solution comes from Dr Rice's visit, or if it will be a mere case of seagull diplomacy (term derived from
seagull manager). Though to be fair, it seems more likely not. The problems of the Middle East have defied solving for quite some time now (at least since my last coffee break). Two wrongs don't make a right. But sadly for the people of the region, it's a place where sometimes two rights don't make a right.


  1. And let's not forget about Palestine. They've done exactly as the US wanted and held democratic elections there, and they elected Hamas. The result? Sanctions, starvation and persecution of the elected government and the Palestinian people. The same thing happened in Panama in 1989, where the US invaded and removed its democratically elected leader. And again in Vietnam in 1963 and Chile in 1973. Democracy is just a US word for US puppet. Has always been. And terrorist is just a US word for "not US puppet".

  2. I was thinking of the Palestinian situation too (but didn't want to get bogged down in the post).

    "When will people learn that democracy just doesn't work?" :)

    Throughout history, the term "terrorist" has been interchangeable with "freedom fighter" depending on which side one is on.

    I deplore the slaughter of innocent people no matter what the ideology of those carrying it out.

  3. Looks like we're in agreement on that one.

    Winston Churchill once said that democracy is the worst form of government... except all the others that have been tried.


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