The 21st Century Phenomenon



For some time a change in the political approach of USA toward the Middle East, in mid 2007, can be noticed through the nuance in the terminology used by USA when referring to Middle East and Iraq, in particular (see – US TERMINOLOGY ). Democracy is not mentioned, any more, as the solution for the troubled Middle East and, instead, USA is speaking about stabilization, bolster forces of moderation and promoting a sort of a peace process.

The first signal of USA of abandoning the democratic agenda in the Middle East was the disregard of Hamas democratically elected regime in the Palestinian Authority. The second sign of curving democracy was the arming of Sunnite militias in IRAQ (see – .Awakening Council )  

Indeed, politicians in Washington began, lately, to cast doubt about the possibility of functioning democracy in Iraq. Instead, the officials now say, they are willing to settle for a government that functions and can bring security.

In the CNN Brig. Gen. John “Mick” Bednarek in Iraq was quoted saying “Democratic institutions are not necessarily the way ahead in the long-term future”.

It seems that every body now understands that democracy cannot be imported or imposed. The question that remains in the current situation is the alternative – what is the alternative’s price in human life and how to implement it.  


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