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A "democracy" is only as good or as bad as the people

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Submitted by rick (United States), Jan 21, 2008 at 16:02

First, let's not forget that, except in Israel, Democracy does not exist in the Middle East. It has absolutely no history and people have little understanding of the responsibilities that underlie a democractic system.

Muslim nations, by virtue of the illegitimacy afforded all other systems of belief are pre-deposed to be fundamentally anti-Democratic.

A basic truth underlying democracy is the concept of tolerance and that includes tolerance of those who believe in ideas and principles quite different from you. Muslim societies believe instead on uniformity under an Islamic code which trumps tolerance each and every time as well as the legal inferiority of other religions and other peoples.

The average muhammed understands and accepts his koran. That is his starting and ending point of values. Although an enlightened Muslim may make a case for differences of opinion within Islam, no one makes one for respect of and for differences outside of Islam.

Communism, as a totalitarian system is in opposition to democracy but the people find it much easier to abandon the dictates of the Party for a more democratic society than an Islamic one which cannot abandon Islamic beliefs under pain of death.

When a religion understood upon totally fundamental ideas hold sway in a society, there is little room for any other system which can operate without Islam. The problem is without any Reformation of Islam it is a totalitarian religion wherever it is found except when its adherents constitute a minority and must learn to lower their expectations as they are surrounded by "others".

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