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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2004 6:17 pm    Post subject: Democracy or Islamocracy Reply with quote

Democracy or Islamocracy
March 25, 2004
Iran va Jahan
Mehdi Mozaffari

It is of common knowledge that democracy cannot be established in one day. But, one day, the process of democratization must begin. This day has now arrived to the Middle East. Middle Eastern societies are facing a painful, dramatic and decisive choice between democracy and Islamocracy. It is not that the Middle East is a particularly fertile terrain for democracy, but rather because democracy is a necessity. Currently, the Islamic world is producing Oil, Terrorism and Emigration. This 'Islamic Bermuda Triangle' represents a major challenge to the world. Until recently, a combination of oil and despotism was tolerated and even supported by western powers; particularly by the USA. The global terrorism, the perpetual waves of emigration, the attempts to access of nuclear weapons, and the propagation of Islamism as a new totalitarian ideology which is claiming the conquest of the world by all means is too much to be ignored.

Unfortunately, it is illusory to think that the change in Muslim societies will come from within, alone. Four interrelated factors are hindering a successful internal and autonomous change: oriental despotism, the rentier economy, the domination of Islam, and external interventionism. These elements constitute a Gordian knot which can only be cut off by Alexander's sword. The USA's intervention in both Afghanistan and Iraq must be understood as an imperative chirurgical intervention to break this vicious chain. American plans to democratize the 'wider Middle East' are also a proposed remedy to the agony of Muslims. During decades, Americans have been strongly criticized for their support to dictatorial regimes. Now, when Americans are firmly demonstrating their will for democratization of the Middle East, they are again accused being too ambitious, too naïve and hypocritical! In this respect, Professor Amitai Etzioni refers to the Bush administration's plans as an 'American Fantasy' (Herald Tribune, March 5, 2004). The fantasy is rather to await the process of democratization to start by itself and to progress slowly, gently and peacefully from within the Middle Eastern societies. It is not so much because demands for democracy, justice and humanity are absent from the Middle Eastern arena. Forces for democracy in this region are under an organized, systematic and deep going repression. American plans cannot make miracles. Nevertheless, they do make a difference and they have especially changed the agenda. Already the paradigm has changed in the Middle East. For the first time in history, democracy figures on the agenda. Dynamism is going to replace stagnation and brutality gives place for dialogue. This is not a fantasy; it is a fact and it is real. The constitution of Afghanistan is now in place. The transitory constitution of Iraq is signed. Of course it is not fully conformed to Max Weber's ideal type of democracy; but there is no doubt that it will be moving in this direction.

The new wave of democratization is so strong that Arab and Muslim autocrats are trembling. In the name of national, cultural and religious identity, president Mubarak of Egypt together with president Assad of Syria and the Saudi family tries to build up a 'Refusal front'. It is astonishing that each time claims on freedom of speech, free elections and gender equality strongly arises, Arab and Muslim leaders immediately resort to counter attacks, considering these claims to be in contradiction with their culture and identity. What they are saying is actually that despotism and repression is more conform to Islamic and Arab values than democracy and liberty! They also argue that democracy should not be imposed from the outside. If demands for change comes from the outside, it is because nothing has been done in this direction by Middle Eastern autocrats who have been holding on to power for decades. Instead of a Philadelphian inspired democracy, they are looking for Islamocracy. Islamocracy or 'Islamic democracy' as president Khatami of Iran formulated it means selection instead of election, a parliament without real attributes, a judiciary without independence, political parties without liberty, and mass communication without a voice.

The time for Islamocracy is over and the waves of democratization have finally reached the shores of the wider Middle East. Max Weber would be delighted to witness the result of this historical experience.

Mehdi Mozaffari is a professor of political science at the University of Aarhus - Denmark. His recent book is “Globalization and Civilizations” (ed.), Routledge, 2002.

Also by professor Mehdi Mozaffari:How To Combat Islamist Terrorism Without Combating Islam?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think about what it would be like if those countries were acually
islamic instead of arabs and arab lovers:cry:
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 1:42 pm    Post subject: Pim Fortuyn Reply with quote

Your either for Democracy or your for Islam! That is the way Dutch statesmen Pim Fortuyn saw it.

The only way the West is going to be successful to defend itself against the imposition of Islamic culture is to break Islam. That means that Head Scarve ban has to be adopted in America, not just in France.

These clowns in Iran think that they can force us to become Muslims. We have to break them before those child-rapist Mullahs impose their will on us.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 1:46 pm    Post subject: BADLY WRITTEN ARTICLE Reply with quote

Dear Writer, although I appreciate your 'intension' here, but the article itself is very weak. you leave the effective word to the very end, and then it's just the same phrase as the title. why write so much? well just mention the title then! (better luck next time)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 2:40 pm    Post subject: ... Reply with quote

**** all the mullahs - they are the most demonic killers in the world.. why hasn't bush taken them out?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah,......when Bush gets elected we have to ask him to make a commitment, to help us liberate Iran.....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bush wont do anything besides condemn the regime

and anyone that thinks this regime is islamic obviously knos nothing about islam(submission)

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 7:57 pm    Post subject: What US is doing in Iran Reply with quote

A few things are being done beyond the purely rhetorical.

Some funds are getting thru for digital cameras and internet capacity. Some assistance is also getting thru for Farzi free radio.

Some other stuff may be going on also but is to covert.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Referendum AFTER Regime Change

"I'm ready to die for you to be able to say your own opinions, even if i strongly disagree with you" (Voltaire)
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