Democracy in the Middle East

Topics: World War II, United States, Cold War Pages: 3 (954 words) Published: December 12, 2012
A Withdrawn Approach
The fight in the west has changed directions and so should the United States. The United States has started to lose wars to Islamist mujahideen. These mujahideen are able to beat the American troops by staying one step ahead of them with improvised explosive devices, or IED’s, and using topography to disguise their locations from satellite photograph. The “stability” and “moderation” the Washington worked so hard to establish in the East is threatening to fall apart. “Stability, in the American lexicon, means not allowing any opposition parties or individuals to trouble the status quo, be they political Islamists or secular democrats” (Margolis). This means that anybody that challenged the West was branded a terrorist and connected with the Al-Qaeda. The stability that has been instilled has been enforced by the cruel secret police. These police would torture and execute those that oppose. In one case they would rape those who dared to run in a rigged election. “It was clear that free votes across the Arab world (and in Pakistan) would unseat most U.S.-backed regimes and produce either rambunctious democracies or government by various forms of Islamists” (Margolis). In fact there have only been two different free elections in the Arab world. If the Raj were to collapse America would lose their control over the oil. America doesn’t need to have the oil imported but the control allows for leverage over Europe, India, China, and Japan. America may be calling for the movement to democracy but has been a major player of dictatorship and repression in the Arab world. As more and more Arab regimes begin to develop, the west is realizing that its own involvement in the movements trying to instill democracy and western ideas is not wanted by the Arab people. “They will have instead adhered even more closely to the faith that has graced, ordered, and regulated their lives for more than 1400 years, and which helped them endure the oppressive rule of...
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