Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The glory of democracy

Now to some news that is exciting and indeed a good development for the future of democracy. After the successful, landmark elections that took place in Iraq at the end of last month, Israel held a successful election on Tuesday. At the moment, it appears that Israelis are torn between two very respectable candidates--Tzipi Livni and Benjamin Netanyahu. If Livni is named Prime Minister, she will become Israel's second female PM after Golda Meir. Hmmm...I wonder when Hamas-occupied Gaza will be electing a female leader.

Regardless of how one might feel about Israel and what has been happening in Gaza lately, its hard to dispute that Israeli citizens have more rights and freedoms than most countries in the region. I find it revolting whenever I hear that Israel needs to be "dismantled"--often a codeword by the Israel haters that they really seek to see Israel destroyed, as if a Hamas-ruled Palestine is going to give the Palestinians the freedoms they desire. Even worse are the frequent verbal assaults on Israel involving Nazi and fascist comparisons to the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli government.

Israel and Iraq deal a devastating blow to tyranny and terrorism every time an election is held. You can bet that the monarchs in Saudi Arabia or the mullahs in Iran cringe every time an Iraqi or an Israel-Arab casts a ballot and takes a step to decide on his or her future. Syria's Assad and Libya's Muammar Gadaffi probably feel similar. Yet this does not stop Saudi Arabia from feeling fit to criticize Israel, even as they lash rape victims , chop off heads for the most simple of all reason, and look the other way as terrorists who go on to kill innocent Arabs and Muslims are exported over their border.

11 comments:

Jake said...

There are two sides to the coin, Israel has not been the most humane of neighbors to the Palestinians. That does not justify the terrorists attacks on Israel but we must remember that Israel is not all high and mighty.

C.H. said...

Israel is not perfect, far from it in fact. But just remember that most Palestinians living in Israel are doing a lot better than Palestinians living in refugee camps across the Arab world, where they are looked down on even in countries where they are a majority, like Jordan.

Average American said...

Iraq and Israel have successful elections and we get stuck with the f###ing messiah NObama. What's up with that?? It just doesn't seem fair.

Abbas Hawazin عباس هوازن said...

Not to mention of course that Israel's basis of foundation was the expulsion of thousands of human beings from their original homes, and that Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are pretty much in bed with the US and her little modern darling, Israel.

A New York Guy's View said...

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C.H. said...

AA,

hhhh...I don't know. I'd be honored to have someone like Benjamin Netanyahu as my leader though! You can bet he will try to stand up to Obama when necessary.

NYGV,

Thanks for visiting! You are most certainly welcome any time :)

C.H. said...

Abbas,

Is it necessary to point out that you reside in Jordan? Just think of all the Palestinians there who are treated as second class citizens under the rule of the Hashemite crown, even though Palestinians make up a majority of the country's population.

I'm really sick of how Israel is blamed as if its the enemy of the Arab world, never mind the fact that the Palestinians have been expelled by fellow Arabs and treated like filth in refugee camps, where militant scum like Fatah-Islam take control and use them as lauching pads against the emerging democracies in Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere.

Good point about KSA though.

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I Care About America said...

Jake read up on your fact on a better newspaper, you sound like you have been drinking the Kool aide

I Care About America said...

Jake read up on your fact on a better newspaper, you sound like you have been drinking the Kool aide

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