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in response to reader comment: Are you aware that Lebanon is a democracy in the MiddleEast, not just Israel?

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Oct 23, 2011 at 14:09

BB King :

> This statement is wrong. Lebanon is in the ME and is a democracy. To be more precise Lebanon follows the parliamentary system of government.<

I am not sure if you can distinguish between form and contents. As to its content Lebenon is in a state of a cold civil war.It is an artificial mafia-like state divided by different sectarian and criminal power groups coming mainly from the supremacist Moslem majority which as such can by no means acquiesce in equality before law for a Moslem and a kafir. This runs counter to ALL Islam stands for. As each sect and gang retains its militia it is next to impossible to enforce law on everybody except the weakest part.

Furthermore, Lebenon is a country that can neither guarantee internal security for its citizens (the Palestinian refugee camps and Hezbollah are two archetypes for endemic crime and hereditary terrorism) or from overt and covert interference from abroad, notably from Syria that considers Lebanon as its puppet state and an ideal outpost against Israel.

To make a long argument short, are you really serious about calling this state ripening for another civil war a "democracy" because it has apparently some democratic forms , yet without having any democratic content? If there is any "democracy" in Lebanon, then the same sort we saw in Gazastan and the West Bank with ganster-politicians relying on their militia and bribes to buy and/or extort votes for themselves by force.And they even made voting for males compulsory which means you have no right to say "No" to this Oriental parody of democracy !

There is no democracy and in principle there can be no democracy in any Muslim-majority country!

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