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  • Democracy v. Stability in the Middle East

       March 29, 2005

    I know Reuters has its biases, but the latest article I read has literally left me gaping in disbelief.

    The gist of the peace is that "liberal" Arab "reformers" are worried that America is putting "freedom" (hey, if Reuters insists on putting scare quotes around freedom, why expect me to do any less) ahead of stability in the Middle East.

    A liberal Arab diplomat, who asked not to be named, said: "They seem to be supporting chaos and instability as a pretext for bringing democracy. But people would rather live under undemocratic rule than in the chaotic atmosphere of Iraq, for example, which the Americans tout as a model."

    How does this "liberal" Arab diplomat know? Did the people vote on it or something? These "liberals" also worry that unfettered democracy will result in extremist regimes. Of course, I'd ask, compared to what? I'd also point them to opinion polls in Iraq, which show the exact opposite of their theory.

    But that's not what left me gaping. It's what these "liberal" Arabs claim is the reason America is standing up for freedom. It's not, as Condi Rice has suggested, that:

    the United States was willing to take a gamble on "democratic institutions" having a "moderating influence" in the region.

    "Can we be certain of that? No. But do I think there's a strong certainty that the Middle East was not going to stay stable anyway? Yes. And when you know that the status quo is no longer defensible, then you have to be willing to move in another direction," she said.

    Nope. America doesn't believe in freedom. Instead, Reuters would have us believe, it's all an Israeli scheme to destroy Arab regimes:

    Mohamed el-Sayed Said said Rice's approach appeared to have links with a trend in right-wing Israeli thinking that favors destabilising Arab governments and societies.

    "We see an emphasis on destruction and we see that Israel is willing to push Arab societies to the abyss without caring for stability. We suspect these ideas came from Israel," he added.

    Reuters prints this propaganda, this crap, spewed from "liberal" Arabs with no backup, no balance, no nothing. Their reporter could have written an insightful article about the real challenges of bringing democracy to the Middle East. But instead they choose to spread more of the same old anti-American, anti-Israel propaganda.


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