The Importance Of Democracy In The Middle East

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Before entering the course, I believed that democracy in the Middle East was a viable option but that, because of many cultural reasons, was not the best option for that region. Now, having taken this course and learned about the different aspects of Middle East governance, I do not think that democracy is a viable option at all. It is not the matter of democracy cannot succeed in the Middle East or anything like that, it is the matter of democracy not being properly suited for societies like those in the Middle East. The agenda of the United States to turn a lot of these nations into democracies has really gotten nowhere. I would say that they actually caused more problems in this region than actually solved during their quest for democratization. …show more content…
Think about it: how many countries that the United States has tried to instill democracy is actually doing well and striving? Jean-Pierre Filiu & David B’ Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations emulates this thesis perfectly. Whether it is the United States involvement in Middle East Oil, or them instilling a coup d’état in one of those countries, whatever the United States does leads to more battles and loss of life in that region. You would think that the United States could get into oil in the Middle East without causing a war or anything, but the book shows that even trying to get oil lead to an involvement in a battle between the two regions. The book also shows how the western world tried to start a coup d’état in the Middle East, which led to chaos in the region. How is a region suppose to develop and become stable if every time they get a leader that the western world does not get along with, they go and push him out of power? Western world implemented democracy is not the answer to the problems in the Middle …show more content…
Democracy, as most nations in the world have it today, is not properly suited for the Middle East. Their deep roots in Islam and the western world influence on them makes it hard for democracy to become stable. I believe this region needs to be left alone by the western world when it comes to politics. The past century has seen constant intervention by the western world in their quest to ‘fix the problems’ and to ‘make the middle east a stable nation’. The Arab World has the chance to become a big powerhouse and to thrive like we saw before the Crusades. Back then; they were not being influenced by any outside nation. They developed beautiful cities, influenced many of the smartest people in history, and become very wealthy in the process. This could easily be achieved again if they stop being influenced by the powerhouses in the western world and start fixing their own problems. How is a region supposed to succeed if they cannot even stand on their own two feet without help from the western world? The solution to their problems is something that many nations have done; develop their own type of governance. The United States became what they are today from taking the democracy that France had, and developing it into their own. The Middle East must now do the same. They need to take bits and parts from different forms of governance and make their own

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