Monday, February 21, 2011

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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.

2 comments:

  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"

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