posted on Jan, 26 2006 @ 09:46 AM
Since 2001, the Bush Administration's foreign policy has been driven by one principle, that Democracies are never terrorist states, and that if we
can "spread" Democracy to the nations in the Middle East, we will stabalize that region. After all the other purported reasons turned out to be
bogus (WMDs, the Al Qaeda connection, imminent threat), the one alibi that the Administration has held to firmly is the notion that if we can create a
Democracy in Iraq it will make the region more stable, protect Israel and make America safer. During the last two days, I spent over a dozen hours
at an International Symposium at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, listening to a parade of Bush Administration
apologists explaining how Democracy in the Middle East is going to win the "War on Terror" for us.
Today, we learn that a Democratic Election took place in the Middle East, in a country called Palestine. This election was heralded by election
observers throughout the world, and even by representatives of the Bush Administration, as a free and legitimate election. More than 75% of the
voting age population turned out to vote, and there have been no charges of fraud or even questions about the voting procedure. By all measures,
Palestine is a true Democracy and this election was pure example of Democracy in action.
Hamas won a majority of the seats on the Palestinian legislature. Hamas, an organization the Bush Administration calls "terrorist" and refuses to
negotiate with, has not only scored a stunning and surprising (to us) victory in the election, but will be the party forming the Palestinian
government. Hamas is an Islamist party. The definition of "Islamist" is a political organization that uses the language and images of their
religion to seek or create political power (sound like anybody we know?). Hamas has encouraged the destruction of the state of Israel. And they have
now won control of Palestine in a free and open election.
It is becoming clear that the new government of Iraq will be an Islamist government. Sharia (Islamic religious law) will become the law of the land
in Iraq. We all saw the photos of all the Iraqi people with purple fingers and were told that this free election was a great victory for the Bush
Administration and proof that the War in Iraq was the right thing to do. We have fought a war to allow the Iraqis to elect a government that will be
at odds with the well-being of the United States, and seeks the destruction of Israel. Good job, huh?
As the American people start to slowly wake to the growing constitutional crisis in our own country, we are watching democratic elections in other
countries choosing governments that may well end up seeking our destruction, or the destruction of countries under our protectorate. We are about to
learn that the utopian image we were given of democracy spreading throughout the world may not be such a great thing after all.
How will the Administration spin the recent elections in Palestine, where Hamas has won power, Egypt, where the Islamic Brotherhood has gained a
quarter of the legislative seats despite a pro-American dictator doing his best to stifle dissent, and in Iraq, where elections that were won with the
blood of Americans has created a theocratic government that will deny rights to women and will put religious leaders in control of the country.
Well, I guess if it's good enough for us, it's good enough for them.