Under the Black Flag

Democracy Is Overrated

If I hear or read one more American hack mentioning the word democracy where Egypt and the Middle East are concerned, I swear on Joe Biden’s hair-implanted head that I shall go in front of the Capitol and commit seppuku, the Japanese warrior’s way of leaving this life.  (Just kidding: I shall wait for the Almighty to decide my fate; Biden’s head is not worth a Taki.  Plus, it would please too many ugly neocons to boot.)  What in God’s name is wrong with these pompous and ignorant fools?  Does it take a poor little Greek boy to point out the facts to them?  Democracy is an alien word in the Middle East, a chimera that foreigners use when the camel drivers fail to hold up their side of the bargain.  Which means we sell arms to you, buy your oil, let you use our hot spots as your playgrounds, and allow you to embrace a medieval form of government as long as you lay off Israel.  All the rest is dross.

It took the editor of the London Spectator writing in the Daily Telegraph to get it exactly right.  What the Arab world needs is capitalism, Fraser Nelson wrote, not democracy.  The so-called Arab Spring began when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in order to protest the fact that he had to bribe the cops in Tunisia to sell his goods from a cart.  It was as simple as that.  A poor cart salesman immolated himself...

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