– THE WESTERN DEMOCRACIES
*A democracy is a country where the jurisdiction of law, determined by common people for the people, is above any other authority or legitimacy such as God, party or any other social fixation.
The democracy can be implemented only if:
D. There is an independent judicial system and an obligation to obey the court judgment.
Democracy prospers with comprehensive education and large middle class independent society.
Not all democracies are “Western”. The Western Democracies are the democracies in Europe and its’ English speaking satellites in North America and the Pacific – Australia and New Zealand.
All the Western Democracies share a Christian Heritage. Most of them share a heritage of conflict with the Muslim world for more then thousand years. Indeed, even today Islamic preachers refer to the Western Democracies as “The Crusaders”.
Most of the Western Democracies share a Colonial and Imperial legacy of exploiting others’ territories for their own wealth. From the radical Islamic point of view this exploitation is going on even today mainly through economic means.
Israel is a democracy by all standards. Typical to all the Jewish history Israel is also an exception. Although the relations between Judaism and Islam through the history were much better than with Christianity, Israel is considered by the Muslim world as an outpost of the Western Democracies in the Arab Muslim region. On the other hand the Western Democracies see the existence of Israel as complicating the relations with the Arab and Muslim world and not an integral part of the Western World.