PSC205: International Relations
November 5, 2014
Position Paper #4: Does the Islamic Movement Threaten the Democracy Gained in the “Arab Spring”? Summary
Democracy was born back about 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece. It was a rare form of government and not very popular. Even with backsets, democracy slowly spread throughout the western world. The growth of Democracy arose very quickly within the last few decades. While the western world became more and more free, North African and Middle Eastern nations were still mostly not free. A few states unhappy with their leaders began to protest and overthrow their government’s leaders. These democratic uprisings are known as the Arab Spring, many other countries in the surrounding area had taken initiative to end authoritarianism. Although United States supports democratization, it had also supported the authoritarian regimes in that region. This had led to the governments concern for US interests in the movement. In 2011, Obama provided support to these regions, as long as the understood the risks involved in reform. Analysis Yes: Andrew McCarthy thinks the Islamic Movement is misleading in the way it portrays the Muslim world having different values than the western world. Trying to sum up McCarthy’s thoughts I come up with scattered ideas why the Islamic movement threatens every established democracy. He thinks the whole plan is for the Islamic movement to gain power in many Arab states so they can come together and destroy Israel. McCarthy says the western and Muslim definitions of freedom differ. They aren’t focused on individual liberty but the facts that they think Middle Eastern dictators have repressed Islam. The whole movement is to bring Islam back into government and make Koran the law. Once they achieve this then the so called democracies of the Middle East will once again be anti-American.
NO: Hilary Clinton...
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