posted on 01 April 2015
Written by Frank Li
This post was triggered by two recent news stories about the Middle East:
Because both countries are closely tied to it, let's review the Arab Spring, four years later ...
1. What is the Arab Spring?
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Arab Spring:
2. How was it started?
Many factors, including the Iraq War! However, there is no doubt that President Obama decisively incited it with President Obama Speech to Muslim World in Cairo (2009).
In short, although the failings of democracy are becoming painfully obvious at home, America has been recklessly exporting it to the Middle East for at least the past one and a half decades, even by force (e.g. Iraq).
3. How is democracy doing in the Middle East?
It has failed or is failing in each and every instance! Specifically, let's look at three examples which were the direct results of the Arab Spring:
Democracy was a brief, but disastrous, experiment in Egypt! Egypt is now back to a dictatorship, with President Sisi firmly in charge. For more, read: Sisi vs. ISIS: Dictatorship vs. Mob Rule.
Here is the subtitle of the news story cited earlier (Today, Tunisia Is Tested):
My simple and straightforward answer is a resounding "no!" Why not? Because there has not been a single example of success for a 3rd-world country to achieve prosperity via democracy without robust capitalism first! Tunisia will be no exception!
Here is another recent story about Yemen: Yemen's road to democracy uncertain after UN truce. Below is an excerpt:
Regardless of Yemen's status on democracy, Yemen has obviously become the biggest safe haven for Al-Qaeda. Here is a recent news story: Pentagon 'loses track' of $500M Weapons in Yemen. Below is an excerpt:
Now, add ISIS (Yemen crisis: Islamic State claims Sanaa mosque attacks) on top of Al-Qaeda ...
Beyond the three countries discussed above, it's actually chaos everywhere in that region, such as Libya and Syria.
Why so much chaos? On top of its historical problems, the region is facing a new obstacle: democracy!
Throughout human history, democracy has been a tried but failed doctrine dating back to Ancient Greece over 2,000 years ago! Yet, it has been religiously worshipped in the West over the past two centuries as a "new" experiment.
Democracy has temporarily succeeded in the West for two main reasons:
The West has been in a steep decline over the past decade for three main reasons:
For those Americans who are religiously obsessed with democracy, here is an analogy: saying democracy works today is like saying “communism works” in 1960. Yes, communism was working then, but eventually collapsed. Democracy will collapse too, unless my advice is adopted. For more, read: Longevity: American Democracy vs. Soviet Communism.
America must immediately stop exporting democracy for one simple reason: democracy is already on life-support at home! In other words, America must save itself first before further attempting to save the world! For more, read my book: “Saving America, Chinese Style”!
The Arab Spring, precipitated by President Obama, has proven to be a total disaster for the Middle East.
For most of the countries in the Middle East, the example for prosperity to emulate is China, not America! For more, read: The Role of Government.
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