Monday, November 21, 2005


Egyptian Elections

The Los Angeles Times reports widespread violence in Egypt as that country held a second round of parliamentary elections.

CNN yesterday was running a program called "Egypt: A Test Case for Democracy." Of course, the unstated is that it's a "test case" for "democracy" in the Middle East or the Arab world or the Muslim world. After all, if Egypt were none of these things (Arab, Muslim, located in the Middle East), this would not be the kind of language being used. Describing Egypt as a "test case" implies (1) that "democracy" is previously unknown in the generally undefined Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern world and that (2) the outcome there can generally be used to predict the path ahead for "democracy" elsewhere in the generally undefined Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern world. That is, if things go well in Egypt, perhaps other Arabs/Muslims/Middle Easterners should be permitted to vote; if not, "democracy" over there might be something we should be scared of.

And watch out, warns CNN, because: "the first flush of freedom [could] trigger an explosion leading to Washington's worst nightmare: Islamic extremists in power in Cairo, on the border with Israel". And I guess we better be really really worried because these clashes between opposition supporters and the government could well be the "explosion" that they're talking about.

Which just goes to show you that these Arabs/Muslims/Middle Easterns just keep failing their "tests." I mean, they can't seem to handle the "freedom" we gave them in Iraq. And even after we gave them lots of "democracy" and purple ink for their fingers, they still can't get along. They went to France, where democracy was practically invented (not to say that we don't do it better here in the good ol' U.S. of A.), and they couldn't seem to get along there. I mean, how many more tests do these people have to fail before we all get the point. They are just simply incompatible with democracy, culturally/religiously/regionally, or whatever. And so that means it's okay to kill them. In the name of democracy, of course.

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