Democracy Reform

Sir Winston Churchill once said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the rest. He is right. Its the best form of government but it also has its flaws. I think that its flaws endanger democracy and needs to be fixed. This blog is for like minded people who want to see democracy improved. I invite people to sumbit essays. I will publish even those I do not agree with so long as I find them interesting.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The more things change the more they remain the same

That's the conclusion I read after reading a book on the Spanish Reconquista. When Christian rulers in Castille or Aragon wanted to fight their Muslim enemies, they would call for Crusade. War was supposed to be for a noble cause and in those days, fighting for God was the noblest thing one can do.

Their Muslim enemies also did they same, only that they called for Jihad. Yet when you get into the details, you will find that monarchs from both sides would fight their own side as much as they fought against the other side. What's more, Christian Kings allied themselves with Muslim Sultans against fellow Christians. Muslim Sultans allied themselves with Christian Kings to fight fellow Muslims.

I think they mostly fought to expand or defend their territories. Giving their wars the highest motives of the time was just way to inspire their people to fight. It is the same today.

Take the recently concluded war in Libya for example. NATO forces allied themselves with the rebels and toppled the Qadaffi regime. The war, prosecuted mainly by the British and the French, was sold to their public in the name of human rights and democracy.

These two words have replaced God and the Church as justification for war. But I think the real reason for the war has to do with Libya's oil. British and French oil companies had made deals with Qadaffi and invested in Libya. After the Arab Spring toppled Ben Ali of Tunisia and Mubarak of Egypt, the British and French governments were worried.

For a while, it looked like a matter of time before Qadaffi was toppled. Would the new regime respect the contracts that Qadaffi signed? Or would they repudiate them and take a unfriendly stand towards the British and the French for being friends with Qadaffi?

The British and French governments, I guess, was afraid that the new government might repudiate all the Qadaffi contracts. So they voiced support for the rebels expecting that Qadaffi would fall in days. Within days of the spontanious uprising, rebel forces were approaching Tripoli, Qadaffi's stonghold at Tripoli.

Then Qadaffi's forces fought back. The world was astonished at how quickly the rebels were rolled back towards Benghazi. At the last minute British and French airplanes bombed Qadaffi's forces. American planes joined them later for a brief while. Western intervention was justified by saying that they wanted to prevent a massacre in Benghazi. Ironically, the rebels they are helping include Islamists who fought British and American troops in Iraq. These guys are no Democrats. They want an Islamic state with shariah and not democracy.

The rest is now history. Qadaffi lost Tripoli and at this time is hiding somewhere in his last strongholds. So we have something that has a close parallel to what happened in medieval times. Western powers fought for their material interests and ascribed their motives for the highest ideal. The only difference is that today the highest ideal is no long God and the Church but democracy and human rights. Otherwise, things have not changed.

If democracy one day fails and is no longer highly valued by people, I wonder what is the next idea that people will fight for? Whatever that may be the real thing people fight for will not change.


At 9:56 AM, Blogger nour eldeaan said...

كما أن
شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيطتستخدم ماكينات حديثة ومطورة ومستوردة من الخارج وذلك حتى تلاؤم جميع أنواع عمليات الرش والتي تعمل علي إبادة الحشرات وذلك حتى يتم عملية الرش بنجاح كما أن الشركة متخصصة في رش المبيدات علي مستوي المملكة وبأفضل معاير المكافحة العالية
كما أن الشركة شركة الشرق الاوسط شركة مكافحه حشرات بحائل تعمل دائما لتقديم ما هو أفضل للعميل والسعي الدائم وراء التقدم والوصول إلي أحدث الأساليب والمعدات والمبيدات الحشرية حتى تقوم بأفضل النتائج بدون وجود أي أثار جانبية كما جميعا نعلم ما هي الحشرات ومدي ضررها ووجودها فجميعنا نعلم أن الحشرات مختلفة الأنواع من الطائر شركة تنظيف بالظائف ومنها الزاحف وهما ما يشملوا النمل والصراصير وبق الفراش والسحالي والبراصي والعناكب الضارة وغيرها بالكثير من الحشرات المختلفة التي تتواجد في بعض المنازل شركة مكافحة الربيه بجازان تنتشر في الكثير من الأماكن وتعتبر من الحشرات الشائعة لذلك تعمل شركة مكافحة حشرات بنجران علي الاهتمام بهذا الموضوع من كل الجوانب وذلك للتخلص بشكل سليم وبدقة من جميع الحشرات دون أي أضرار أو أي من المشاكل نبين لكم مثال من الحشرات وكيفية التخلص من الفئران وهي الطريقة التي توضحها شركة الشرق الاوسط شركة نقل اثاث بالطائف

At 12:29 PM, Blogger reda gamal said...

شركة تنظيف بخميس مشيط
شركة تنظيف خزانات بالاحساء
شركة تنظيف خزانات بابها


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