Egypt Debunks Democratic Peace Theory

 Are these birds dancing or fighting?  Taken from a canvas in Riyadh, KSA Winter 2013

Are these birds dancing or fighting?  Taken from a canvas in Riyadh, KSA Winter 2013

The days of the living dream for democratic peace are, in my opinion, long over.  I will never forget the awesome explanation of my political science professor Dr. Paul Labedz back in fall of 2005, explaining that if people were allowed to choose their own leadership then they would inevitably also opt for peace and cooperation with neighboring countries.

"Oh, a democracy will fight to the death with a non-democracy," he commented, hinting at the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, "But a democracy will never intervene militarily into another democracy."  

That's the underlying assumption in the Democratic Peace Theory.

But clearly, almost ten years later, someone missed the memo.  Perhaps it got lost inside one of the pyramids of Egypt, because the United States--self-proclaimed Democracy Champion of the globe--certainly had a nasty little hand in the removal of democratically-elected President Morsi.

But what's worse than this, for me, is the aftermath of it all.  Now, Morsi supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood--a purely legitimate political party in the eyes of the West--are being hunted down and targeted like endangered African wildlife.  For the love of Christ (peace be upon him), a death sentence to over 500 people?  

Are the Egyptian coup cronies, funded by the US and Saudi Arabia (yes, I said it), learning from Bashar Assad?  Mass execution, and for what? Accusing all five hundred of them for "attacking" a building?  The poor building; did it get its feelings hurt?  My hogwash radar smells something stinky.

Does yours?

And see, this leads me to the problem here: the power of propaganda.  I have heard Egyptians ad nauseam as they turn their faces away from the ugly reality of their current military regime and simply mutter that they didn't like Morsi anyway.

Listen, you supposedly educated idiot, when you don't personally like a democratically-elected President that certainly doesn't justify your turning a blind eye to his illegal, externally-funded, military removal.  That kind of logic would lead the world into pure anarchy--because there will always be someone that someone doesn't like, but the beauty of democracy (in theory, at least) is that the minority will respect the opinions of the majority and work to change the preferences of people over time before the next election rolls around.

How stupid could someone be to look away from all this?  What kind of example are we setting for the ugly Dictators left in the Middle East?  I am sure Bashar is happy--he's been saying all along, "I know I'm evil, but if I stay I will only kill a few thousand of you, and if you try to remove me, I will massacre all of you."  People will become passive and accept a dictatorial or military ruling simply because it promises greater stability. 

And the world is making sure that their case is a strong one, by fueling the fire and turning their backs on clear humanitarian violations.

I call revolution, and I support the Morsi backers in Egypt.  Although I disliked the Muslim Brotherhood for personal reasons, nothing makes me want to support them more now than the sight of criminals getting their panties tied in a bunch because of them.  

God be with the 500 in Egypt who were sentenced, and their families, and grant them all patience and Paradise.  May Syria's fate be better than Egypt's, when it comes to the long-term success of its future (God-willingly) "democracy."

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