Friday, March 4, 2011

Psychological Readiness of a Nation for Democracy: Are Middle Easterners Ready?

I really found this article to be insulting. What right does some US shrink with no real knowledge of the middle east, of the decades of US imperialis­m have to lecture the people of the middle east on what they need to do to be ready for democracy?

I suggest that Ms. Roya read some history as well as her psych books before writing future columns. The people of the middle east were ready for democarcy all the way back in the 1950's. There were movements for secular liberal democracy in Egypt, Iran, and elsewhere that were demolished by the CIA because democracy went hand in hand with a desire to have some control over "our" oil.

A good place for Ms. Roya to start would be the history of Iran. Iran had a secular democracy which we destroyed and in its place we put one of the most barbaric dictatorsh­ips in the history of the world.

Then I suggest she read a history of Islamic fundamenta­lism. What she will find is that groups such as the Islamic Brotherhoo­d and Al Queda were supported in their early days by the US as a defense against godless communism.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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