The masses are not always right. It is cruel to let people self Ėrule
when they are not ready for it and have no understanding of democracy.
They can end up hurting themselves and others. The tyrannical regimes of
the Nazis, the Bolsheviks and the Iranian Islamists were all born out of
popular votes. Yet no one would call them democratic.
Self-rule under law is better than all compelling forms of governments.
However, democracy cannot be imposed universally. It must arise out of
cultural and historical traditions of the people or it will fall into
Islamic ethos is theocratic. A theocratic democracy makes as much sense
as a round square. To have true democracy in Islamic countries, candidates
and parties running with religious platforms must be disqualified. But if
you limit the peopleís choices to vote for their own candidates it
wonít be democracy anymore.
In countries where people are Islamists, democracy cannot take root.
Before we can promote democracy, the Islamic ethos must be replaced with
the rule of law, respect for the rights of the minorities and the
separation of religion from government. In other worlds these countries
must be deislamized.
is much easier said than done. Islam is political by its very nature. You
canít have it in any other way. The whole raison d'Ítre of Islam is to
take over the world, establish the Khilaft and rule it on behalf of Allah.
Islam is not just a religion, but it is believed by Muslims to be the
perfect way of life and governance. How can they keep their faith and
distance themselves from it and its goal in their political life? This
would be the cause of cognitive dissonance Ė the discomfort felt when
facing a discrepancy between what one believes to be true and something
that defies that belief. It is natural that one would want to reject any
new idea to keep oneís faith.
kind of commitment to democracy and democratic values can we expect from
Muslims when they get their values from Islam which is anti democratic par
excellence? Will someone like Omaya Joha, the famous Islamist cartoonist
of Palestinian press and one of the winners of the election who proclaims,
polygamy is good for Islam, it is good for me," be able to
respect the rights of the minorities? If her religious zealotry makes her
disregard her own equal rights, will she be able to respect the equal
rights of the minorities and disregard her religion?
democracy in Islamic countries is therefore not an easy task. It's like
trying to swim against the current. Itís only a matter of time that
people fall back to despotism and tyranny again.
Bush may have all the good intentions in the world but he does not
understand the idiosyncrasy of Muslims. His efforts of trying to impose
democracy in Islamic countries are not going to work and in fact they will
backfire causing more damage than good. You canít build too high without
a foundation. The foundation for democracy in Islamic countries simply
does not exist. The
's fiasco in Somali should have been enough to make them see that
democracy can't be imposed on people who do not want it. The democracies
will fall, as soon as
pulls its troops out of these countries.
Yes, democracy is what the Islamic countries need most. But before
democracy can take root, Islam must be weeded out.