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Rebellion in the Wind - Why Democracy is Not the Goal in the Middle East

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), May 24, 2011 at 11:16

It fast became apparent that the supposed 'democratic' stirrings in the Arab uprisings were not so loftily inspired, that in the unrest of the populations so really very tired of not enjoying life for all the want imposed upon them by tyrannical regimes, we see there in the background the true conspirators of the incitement, ready to present their solution in the absence of the failed inspiration of a democratic hope dashed before it ever had a chance. In the last century, we saw that in the 1917 transformation of Russia; in 1952 when Egypt lost its regency to the military and in 1978-79 when the shah of Iran was deposed.

Modern democracy is misunderstood in so many ways, that it is a wonder that any form of democracy ever gets a serious chance to form before being dissolved for the presence of its worst enemy, the self. In the part of democracy that provides the inspiration for living in freedom, the insidious aspect is that once the personal liberties that are supposed to be protected are given status greater than the corporate liberties, then the essence of the democracy is dissolved and the replacement enforcement of manmade laws becomes the basis for the tyranny that follows. That tyranny takes on variant forms, beginning as a seed of discontent, to be followed by an ideology of any form that succeeds in convincing the discontented that a new order is necessary. In the realm of humanity, it is a vicious cycle. Fortunately, it is not never-ending.

In the Arab unrest, there is the insidious back ground drama that needs observing, but not for too long. Syria, in the crosshairs for the immediate moment, finds that its place in the Middle East is critical for a variety of reasons; that the current leadership does not seem to have the necessary insight to keep its power intact and replacement seems likely. They are not alone.

Egypt, still trying to resurge from its identity crisis, gets a boost from the Saudi's, but to what purpose. The former aspirations of democracy there are being burned out, for be it far from the Muslim sentiments that the Copts should have any chance of democracy at all.

And to the central issues of all the Middle East uprising being seen today, that of what to do about Israel, the thorn in the Arab world's side. PM Netanyahu has his hands full, being in the crosshairs himself after he stood the bold and CORRECT stance that no one outside of the government of Israel is going to dictate to Israel what terms everyone thinks Israel should follow to establish world peace. Understand this: praying for the peace of Jerusalem does not mean peace for the world. It does mean peace for Israel, though.

And therein lays a paradox, that the Arab world seeks to upset Israel's hope for peace; that in the envy of the Abrahamic covenant, Israel finds itself the target of interests that cannot stand the idea of Israel being in the land; for the Arab world is intent on involving the rest of the world in its discontent for reasons they do not understand. It is culminate reasoning then that world activists are seeking to intervene in a situation that actually should be left well enough alone. But, as it is written, the nations thinking that they can interfere with what is happening to Israel are going to find themselves in a place they would never have imagined. What cost shall peace pay to emerge from the revolutionary unrest we see in the Middle East? There is not enough gold in the entire universe to meet the asking price; and more importantly, gold will not be the currency of exchange.


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