Democracy is not freedom: An Egyptian case study [updated]
I keep being told by people “in the know” that the coming of “real democracy” to Egypt will bring real freedom.
The whole idea is premised on the idea that what “pro-democracy” protestors want is what you and I want. That democracy is a synonym for freedom.
Democracy is simply a synonym for mob rule.
It’s a counting of heads regardless of content.
It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
It’s three wolves and a sheep voting for dinner.
It was what George Bush and his neo-cons wanted to export to the Middle East. Their “Forward Strategy for Freedom” called for the exportation by force of democracy to the Middle East.
And the people of the Middle East turned out in droves to vote for the wolves.
Democracy, said the neo-cons, would bring freedom and security to the Middle East. Instead, it unleashed a whirlwind.
Democracy in Iraq gave the people an Islamic constitution and a regime that favours Tehran.
Democracy in Palestine delivered a landslide victory to the Iranian-backed Hamas—who began establishing a totalitarian Islamist regime and unleashing a wave of suicide bombings, before collapsing into a civil war with Fatah.
Democracy in Lebanon handed control of Lebanon to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah--who almost immediately started launching rockets into Israel, beginning a month-long war.
And what will democracy in Egypt bring Well, guess . . .
Would a regime mandating shariah law and genital mutilation represent “freedom” for Egyptian men and women? Would its installation bring “security” to the Middle East?
Egypt is a country where the “all-encompassing and explicit system” of totalitarian Islam is widely supported across the spectrum—where stone-age barbarism is still the prevailing attitude, and more than 50% support the militant Muslim Brotherhood, the progenitors of Al Qaeda, and the only organised political opposition in the country.
Would their installation—or the installation of a “beard” for the Brotherhood like ElBaradei—would that represent freedom?
Egypt is a country with (thanks to the US who supplied them) the world’s tenth-largest military, and a population in which even the so-called “moderates” are violently anti-Semitic. Would a government giving expression to that violence increase security in the Middle East?
Democracy is not a synonym for freedom.
And the “Forward Strategy for Freedom” was a Forward Strategy for Failure.
Mob rule in Egypt will be one more sign of evidence of that failure.
What are the options for Egypt?
“The plight of Egypt — like that of much of the region — is intellectual. The protestors who genuinely do want a better future face no good options.”