Friday, January 28, 2011
Can a representative democracy thrive in the middle east?
"For 60 years, the United States pursued stability at the expense of democracy in the Middle East -- and we achieved neither, now we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people."
I can see where the Tunisian students and other youth may have been emboldened by that speech to affect change in their country. Now the Arab countries are toppling like dominoes as their angry, disenfranchised youth take to the streets to demand government overthrow in what's been called the first Facebook/Twitter revolutions.
Egypt receives more US foreign aid(in the billions each year) than any country but Israel, and we can debate the wisdom of giving billions of taxpayer dollars to Egypt and Israel, but in my opinion I'd rather that money go to support the most democratic, honest and open, representative governments that foster an environment of economic liberty guided by the rule of law. I realize those types of governments in the middle east are less stable with the rabble-rousing, Muslim hordes constantly agitating the citizenry against the government, but I'd rather give representative democracy a chance than consciously underwrite a quasi-dictatorship because it's more stable. But that's just me.