Monday, February 21, 2011

Our Latest Import

Our Latest Import

With the middle east and north Africa balancing between chaos and total chaos, the question on everyone's mind is: what will happen when the dust settles?
A few days ago I had a conversation in which a familiar argument came up, saying that people who lived under religious Muslim regime for so long are not able to understand democracy. I think there's something there (mostly because I brought it up) but it is not to say that Islam and democracy are contrasting ideas, or that the ability to comprehend democracy is embedded in our DNA. I mean, it's not like Muslim women wake up in the morning and say 'I love not voting, or driving, or getting direct sunlight on my skin!'. But changing a state of mind is a long, painful process, especially when re-educating a nation. Even Jews found it hard, after all we had to walk 40 years in the desert before we stopped thinking of ourselves as slaves.


  1. good! shows that you are able to think (surprise - surprise).However it is really impossible to create a democracy in a few days among people who have never experienced one. So it will take a few years and hopefuly no bloodshed to get things right in these "democracies"