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So Egypt threw their dictator out, apparently in favor of a real democracy. I would have thought that this would be considered awesome, given how Faux News was all for bombing Iraq into the stone age in the name of "democracy" (after the WMD and Al Qaeda excuses died, that is). But no.

Democracy, apparently, is bad.

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While I find it genuinely frightening that anyone watching Faux News might actually accept this 180-degree-turn on something so basic like the right of people to decide on their own government, the real threat is how American religious extremists like Glenn Beck are transforming it into some kind of highway-to-the-end-times narrative.

It boggles my mind how completely broken someone's brain would have to be to not see how completely self-contradictory all this is.


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Feb. 15th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Democracy is apparently a privilege afforded only to Christian nations. :P
Feb. 15th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
My prediction: If a government we like takes power in Egypt, the right will present it as proof that Bush's policies in the middle east were effective.
If a government we don't like takes power in Egypt, the right will present it as proof that Obama has failed at international diplomacy.

- HC

Edited at 2011-02-15 12:20 pm (UTC)
Feb. 18th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Feb. 15th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
There is a fundamental difference between democracy and Liberal Democracy. Technically the Soviet Union, and Saddam Iraq were democracies (as is Iran), but they are not Liberal Democracies. The fear in Egypt is that a quick transition of power from the Autocratic Democracy of Mubarak (he was after all elected, just no one could run against him), to an open field democracy will allow whatever group can organize quickly to take power. Since the only non-Mubarak political party in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood there is a real possibility that they might have a plurality of power (it is unlikely that they can achieve an majority).

To ensure the creation of a Liberal Democracy, Egypt needs to accomplish a few things. The first is that they need to establish a new Constitution that offers protections to speech, religion, assembly, and dissent. Then the new Constitution needs to provide for a format of gov't that allows for the protection of the minority from the majority (there are a number of ways that this can be applied). Lastly, the new systems need to be protected with security until they have time to set roots that will enable it to survive crisis in the future.

When those things are accomplished, then Egypt will have become a Liberal Democracy (the second in the Middle East). They have a chance to actually accomplish this prior to Iraq and Afghanistan mostly due to the fact that their are starting from a further point forward than those two...to that point that neither Iraq nor Afghanistan can currently be considered a Liberal Democracy (though both are on that path).

NOTE: I didn't watch the video and don't make any assumptions about what Mr. Beck may or may not have said.
Feb. 18th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
That's all true, but I think you're presupposing that the people of Egypt actually wanted a liberal democracy. Just because us westerners like that kind doesn't necessarily make it the best way or the right way for every country, and it certainly doesn't give the people on Fox the right to imply that Mubarak's dictatorship is more acceptable than an Egyptian democracy with a structure different than ours.

Glenn Beck was blatantly pushing the boogeyman angle, making this surprisingly peaceful revolution in Egypt into a harbinger of the Christian end times story. I'm agnostic but I think I would have been disgusted by it regardless of what religion I'd chosen.
Feb. 16th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
It took 30 years for the media (at least in US and Brazil, that I follow) to notice that Egypt was a dictatorship. They are only being consistent :^P
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