The Democracy Delusion and Obama’s Failed Mideast Policy

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Apparently not, though, since we’re repeating that same error in our handling of Egypt, where free elections have brought that country no nearer to true liberal democracy. What we have got instead is increasing persecution and murder of Coptic Christians, the facilitation of terrorist attacks on Israel, and violent attacks on protestors and dissidents. As for the nature of this new “democracy,” given that 60% of Egyptians in a Pew poll from last year say that laws should strictly follow the teachings of the Koran, we can bet that it won’t look anything like what we imagine a true democracy to be. And we shouldn’t be surprised, given the Muslim Brothers’ draft platform of 2007, which proclaimed that “Islam is the official state religion” and “the Islamic shari’a is the main source for legislation.” Clearly a majority of Egyptians agree with the Muslim Brothers about the kind of political-social order they have voted for, and it’s not a democratic one.

Hence the fatuity of Clinton’s call for “dialogue and compromise, real politics,” or the administration’s statement from last year accepting “the Brotherhood’s repeated assurances that its lawmakers want to build a modern democracy that will respect individual freedoms, free markets and international commitments, including Egypt’s treaty with Israel.” Such ideals we take for granted require a deep soil of principles and beliefs that in the West took centuries to develop. Nor is there anything in Muslim history, theology, or jurisprudence to indicate compatibility between these liberal democratic ideals and Islam.

On the contrary, Western ideals like the separation of church and state, with its attendant principle of tolerance and equal rights for those of different faiths, are anathema to traditional Islam. If, as the Koran teaches, Muslims are the “best of nations” and their faith the expression of a perfect social-political-economic order revealed by Allah himself and evident in the life and sayings of his prophet Mohammed, why should any true Muslim “tolerate” infidels? As for human rights, the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam makes it clear that the only Islamic “human right” is the right to live as a devout Muslim in harmony with shari’a law, or to hear the “call” to Islamic conversion without interference or temptation from decadent Western cultures. This sort of triumphalist chauvinism makes “politics” as we understand it––non-violent “dialogue,” compromise with those who believe differently, and acceptance of their success––nothing but irreligious folly.

Obama’s Middle East policy has been an abject failure. His “outreach” to the Muslim world, replete with groveling flattery of Islam, has created nothing but contempt for his weakness. His assault on our key ally Israel, the only true liberal democracy in the region, has earned no credit with the states that still refuse to accept Israel’s existence. His chummy relationship with Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan ignores that country’s increasing Islamization and hostility to Israel. Meanwhile, Iran continues down the road to nuclear weapons, and Bashar al Assad keeps slaughtering his citizens. And through it all, the United States has little or no influence on events.

Rather than chanting the mantra of “democracy,”  our foreign policy establishment needs to deal with reality rather than wishes, and predicate policy on one core principle: what serves the national interests and security of our country?

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  • Anamah

    Stop encouraging and founding Radical Islamist Obama/Hillary/Soros!!! This is so shameful as destructive…

  • Alvaro

    Arabs are either at your feet or at your throat.

  • truebearing

    "When will the interests of the United States factor into Obama's foreign policy?" Never. By now, given everything he has done, and left undone, it should be as clear as a mountain stream that Obama is intent on doing the opposite of what is in our interest. He is trying to hurt us and help our enemies, especially the Muslim ones. i defy anyone to name just one thing that Obama has done that is in the interest of the US.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      He's shown us just how evil the Democratic party has become under their Leftist/Marxist/Islamist
      matrix?………………………

  • davarino

    Yup, I got suckered into the belief that democracy cures all evil and was in full support of going into Iraq and Afganistan. Those two countries deserved it but now I see that these people need dictators to rule them because they dont play nice with others.

    • Jim_C

      At least you admit you got suckered. It's a start.

      • davarino

        What ever that is supposed to mean.

  • KKKK

    Throton said it well. we should not have gotten invovlded in Libya to overthow a thug not threatening us; we should have stood by Mubarak in Egypt; and we have praised the revolts in Syria and elsewhere. this, despite the resurge of sharia organziations (incudling Al-Qaeda linked ones) and virulent hatered of America and Israel and gender discrmination. osama-obama thinks htat havign elections means freedom; he deosnt get that to truly have freedom oen needs the values that freedom presupsoes and endorses…which is-lame does not.

  • http://www.maghrebchristians.com Youssef

    Pray for pastor Youcef who has now been imprisoned for over 1000 days now in Iran.
    http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/07/16/1000t

    Youssef

  • KKKK

    meanwhile, iran continues its path toward mass gencodie aganist America and Israel, in fufilemnt of its promises. and osama-obama has done nothing except abandon Iranain dissdents and minorities and put weak "sanctions" agansit Iran that have done little to persude iran to stop its nuke program.

  • Western Spirit

    A president who said this is the biggest Moslem country in the world is worse than delusional.

    A country that was founded on Christian principles, with our founders saying they had followed Christian principles in founding the country, is now the largest Moslem country? With that statement he has undermined the reason people wanted to surrender to us during WW2 and have appealed to us for humane treatment everywhere.

    For Christianity believes that man was created in the image of God and could not be killed, made victims of genocide, or massacred because of this relationship to a holy God,

    while Moslem kill as a religious duty.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mensch.keymelon Mensch Keymelon

      This country was not founded on Christian Principles, it was founded on a bed rock of seperation of Church and State, as Jefferson put it, ""I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State." That's pretty firm denial from a founding father of your position. America was not founded on Christian principle, but the principle of freedom and duty to defend that freedom…the soveriegn right of its people to self determination and self governance. Not Christianity.

      • Sage on the Stage

        No, the U.S. wasn't formally a Christian nation; that is, neither Christianity or any other religion was America's religion.. But informally, America was, in the words of Rev. Bradford, "the shining city on a hill." All of the 13 colonies were strong religious enclaves–either Puritan or Protestant, but most were with the mainline Anglican church. However, early American education was very strongly influenced by the Christian religion. Jefferson's religious beliefs weren't terribly strong; in that respect, he wasn't representative of the majority of Americans.

      • Looking4Sanity

        You're no mensch. You're a shmuck…and you're wrong.

      • fiddler

        Okay, its time for a little context. What ELSE did Jefferson say about this relationship?

        Kentucky Resolutions of 1798: "No power over the freedom of religioun (is) delegated to the United Staqtes by the Consitution…

        Second Inaugural Address, 1805: "In matter of religion I have considered that its free exeercise if placed by the Constution independent of the powers of the General (i.e. national ) Government."

        Letter to Samuel Miller, 1808: " I consider the government of the United States as interdicted [prohibited] by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting an establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the general government (10th Ammendment). It must then rest with the states as far as it can be in any human authority…"

      • fiddler

        Here is some more. I suggest you do a little research.

        Patrick Henry: "It cannot be emphasized too strngly or too often taht this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but Christians, not on religions but on the gostpel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, properity , and freedom of worship here."

        Here is a quote from John Jay the first Chief Justice of the SCOTUS:
        "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilage and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

        Since you cited that "wall of separation". Believe it or not that has a historical context. Jefferson used those words in a letter to Danbury Baptists patterned after one of their pastors to quell their concern about a state-controlled denomination. The modern court has twisted the original intent of this phase for its own use.

  • fiddler

    Okay, its time for a little context. What ELSE did Jefferson say about this relationship?

    Kentucky Resolutions of 1798: "No power over the freedom of religioun (is) delegated to the United Staqtes by the Consitution…

    Second Inaugural Address, 1805: "In matter of religion I have considered that its free exeercise if placed by the Constution independent of the powers of the General (i.e. national ) Government."

    Letter to Samuel Miller, 1808: " I consider the government of the United States as interdicted [prohibited] by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting an establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the general government (10th Ammendment). It must then rest with the states as far as it can be in any human authority…"

  • fiddler

    Pardon my spelling, I had to hand type this from a book: "The Myth of Separation, what is the correct relationship between Church and State? An examination of the Supreme Court's own decisions."

  • RonL

    The problem is that this lunacy is bipartisan. John McCain would have done the same things. Heck, during the debates, Romney thought that we were making a mistake in not taking the lead in Libya. In other words, helping the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda in the Maghreb is dandy, so long as take responsibility and don’t leave the heavy lifting to the frogs and limeys. Neoconservatives and the above are all for helping the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda in Syria.

  • pierce

    All of Obamas policies are failures; Obama care; Backing Solyndra; His racist policies; His class warfare.
    4 more years of Obama will bankrupt this country, and be the ruination of capitalism.

  • Michael

    One thing you should never ever ever ever forget: it is allowed by the religion of peace to lie to win

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Either we change leadership, rules of conduct for elected Officials and hold them to the same
    laws we live by or we roll over and die………………………………………………..William