Monday, January 25, 2016

The tragedy of democracy in the Middle East and in some developing countries



So last week, I spent an afternoon shooting the breeze with the ambassador of an important country, living a #Travelife, and one of the many topics we discussed was the importance of democracy.

Living a #Travelife, after all, is not just about sightseeing, shopping and eating in good restaurants.



In fact a #Travelife is mainly about learning more about the world in-depth, including its many differences, similarities and complications.

Democracy is largely a Western philosophy and, personally, I think this is the most ideal government set-up for a developed country with educated voters, a stable economy, and a firm system of checks and balances in place.

Scroll down to read more the Middle East...





DEMOCRACY IS NOT FOR EVERYONE

However, not all countries are at this level, so they cannot and should not be run like a democracy.

For one, developing countries with a majority of politically uneducated electorate run the risk of voting incompetent leaders into place at a crucial time when capable leadership is needed to get these poor countries out of a rut and not just to continue the politics of patronage and corruption that has been keeping these countries back.

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DEMOCRACY IS NOT FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

Meanwhile, powder keg countries in the Middle East that are largely an amalgamation of tribes and fiefdoms held together by one powerful person or family should not be forced overnight into a democratic system that cannot accommodate for these nuances.

This is the tragedy of the Middle East. 



WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MIDDLE EAST
WHEN THE WEST INTERFERES

Democracy was forced on some of these Middle Eastern countries via a combination of external pressure and force from Western countries and the creation of dissent from within via a minority liberal opposition that had been left out in the cold by the powers in place.

The result are power vacuums all over the Middle East that extremists are now taking advantage of, and chaos that the rest of the world is completely unprepared to deal with, and possibly more tragedies and instability to come. What a complicated world we live in. 

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