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Now, be a good little obedient and secular Egypt

The West wants “stability” in the Middle East. So the status-quo works just fine. But wait, how about democracy? Well, maybe, but just so long as those fundamentalist Islamists (or anybody who is a Muslim, really) doesn’t take over.

Slavoj Žižek gets it in one:

The hypocrisy of western liberals is breathtaking: they publicly supported democracy, and now, when the people revolt against the tyrants on behalf of secular freedom and justice, not on behalf of religion, they are all deeply concerned. Why concern, why not joy that freedom is given a chance? Today, more than ever, Mao Zedong’s old motto is pertinent: “There is great chaos under heaven – the situation is excellent.”

Where, then, should Mubarak go? Here, the answer is also clear: to the Hague. If there is a leader who deserves to sit there, it is him.

6 comments ↪
  • Daniel

    The main concern to western liberals is that if a democratic state is formed it isn't subverted by un-democratic forces in the way that Iran's revolution was. The form of democracy now practiced in Iran is that the clerical rulers are chosen "by God" and the public get the chance to affirm God's choice without any alternative.

    In contrast Turkey *so far* has managed to have an Islamic leadership and maintain the democratic nature of the state, in line with its secular foundations, without objection from western governments. It is difficult to tell which way Egypt will go as it doesn't have the institutions and experience with democracy that Turkey has and while its far from certain that these events will lead to such a scenario, people have every right to be concerned. At the moment you have a bunch of young people high on revolution without any thought for the fact that the real struggle starts once the old regime departs.

    And if you think it is hypocritical of western liberals to object to the formation of another Iranian style theocracy,you better go reflect on your own values. Perhaps its you that's the hypocrite?

     

     

  • ej

    Who are these 'western liberals'?

    The main concern of the western powers is to inhibit democracy everywhere where it imperials their imperial reach and influence – i.e. democracy per se.

    Daniel has his head up his zionist arse.

  • ej

    The Murdoch press seriously behind the 8-ball, just as with its western imperial partners.

    Today The Oz reproduces low-life Pipes with the usual blah.

    of relevance is the heavy duty censorship that is exercised over their comments columns.

    Yours truly has had, as per usual, his comment censored.

    The one that is published is slavish in its devotion to Pipes.

    Meanwhile The Oz thinks that Fairfax's McGeough is a fellow traveller with Islamists.

    Mubarak is not long in power.

    Neither is the aging Rupert. Ah, I look forward to this latter demise.

  • Daniel

    Yes and his old media empire will fall to be replaced by the new media created by young upstarts like Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin. Hang on, don't those names sound a bit Jewish? Oh dear here we go again.

    Time to stop whining about the unfairness of it all and go out and make something of yourself.

     

     

     

     

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Daniel..the Zionist race supremicist, reducing his many critics' statements to anti-Semitism.

    Do you really believe that Brin & Zuckerberg could match Murdoch's achievements?

    You need to read a more widely.

    Murdoch, whether you admire him or not, is the most influential media figure in the history of the modern world…Brin & Zuckerberg are lucky technology developers, nothing more at this stage. Hearst, the Sulzbergers etc etc are minnows compared to Rupert.

    Murdoch has had a consistently amoral view of media & public policy since he was 23 years old i.e. if the Democrats offered him more incentives to back their cause, he'd change horses in a flash. I don't agree with it, but that's how he plays it.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

    Daniel: so what do you think the changes in Egypt are going to mean to Israel?