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Is spreading democracy in the Middle East a bad idea?

  • It is not a bad idea

    We need to support those in the middle east because they look up to us and they are in need of us. We need to support them and democracy will allow them to choose the people they want to rule them. It will decrease terrorists. This is why we should promote democracy

  • Yes, it is bad. TERRORISM!!!!

    I believe and I have been on this topic for weeks now and I believe, that initiating the topic of having them, even consider turning into a democratic form of government, some groups would act negatively to the new found ways of government. Plus some would even go as far as to say that it goes against their religion, culture, traditions, etc.

    So it's better to think of it instead of saying it and being rude about the entire topic.

  • Democracy is a human right

    Throughout history, we have seen that humans will try to oppress others. In a democracy, everyone's vote is counted, without regard to skin colour, gender, religion, or nationality. Democracy is spreading throughout the world already since the end of the Soviet Union. In the Middle East, sexist and homophobic laws have been in place for some time. Some countries haven't evolved since the Stone Ages, and it is time for the modern and secular civilisation to reach the Middle East. Women should be able to get educated, gays shouldn't be stoned or prevented from marriage, and non Muslims shouldn't be subject to apostasy laws. In the Middle East, the United States has struck down the regimes but hasn't instilled democracy in the minds of the citizens. This is why democracy hasn't been successful in the Middle East yet.

  • Lead by example

    If you have something great, people will want it because they see how amazing it is, not because you are forcing it on them. The Middle East will slowly come to democracy which we have seen through the Arab Spring. We just need to support the people pushing for democracy as much as possible.

  • Democracy without the rule of law will fail

    Democracy, basically defined, is nothing more than majority rule. In countries like Iraq and Egypt, where democracy has taken hold, it has led to abuses of rights more than autocratic governments. Saudi Arabia and Jordan, countries ruled by monarchies, are considered two of the most liberal Middle Eastern nations. Egypt's military has, so far, sought to protect the rights of religious minorities and women more than the Muslim Brotherhood, who was democratically elected to their Parliament. The rule of law is essential for democracy to function, and that is something that has not taken hold in the countries with democracy in the Middle East.

  • It depends what you mean by "spreading"

    If you mean telling other people that democracy is so great and that you should change to it, than yes. It's a bad idea. If you mean helping other people switch to democracy because they actually want to, or just letting them know it exists. Than no, it isn't.

  • Yes, spreading democracy in the Middle East is a bad idea. Despite the effort to spread democracy, there has not been a significant change that would suggest that the effort has been effective.

    Spreading democracy in the Middle East is a bad idea because it has been ineffective in creating any real change for the citizens in a number of countries. Also democracy in the Middle East is often different than democracy in the United States and other European countries. This was seen in Egypt where the people democratically elected leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood whose conservative ideas are not in sync with the democratic ideas of those who supported the overthrow of Mubarak. If the people of the Middle East want democracy let them fight for it without the assistance of foreigners.

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  • No it is a great idea

    Shibley Telhami, an Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, states quote “The vast majority of people in the middle east when you pull them those people whom we’re supposed to be giving democracy to, the vast majority believe that the middle east is less democratic today than it was before the Iraq war. Less democratic today than it was before the Iraq war. And it was HORRIBLY undemocratic before the Iraq war. No doubt.” end quote. He later on says quote “…We are not making democracy our priority and we in essence deceive ourselves when we think we are let me give you an example 90% of the Arab public passionately opposed the Iraq war didn’t want to see it take place. They told the governments “don’t do it” “Its gonna bring about ruins” The government’s instinct was “don’t support the Iraq war. But when we went to the Iraq war these governments certainly dependent on the U.S. in the end they came along and they provided logistical support and bases and everything else and they were telling us they’re worried about their public opinion, well we had - it was more important for us they support our policies on terrorism on Iraq on the Arab Israeli issues despite the anger of the people than the liberation what happens in the process how does the judaism government.” end quote

  • It is not a bad idea

    We need to support those in the middle east because they look up to us and they are in need of us. We need to support them and democracy will allow them to choose the people they want to rule them. It will decrease terrorists. This is why we should promote democracy

  • It is not a bad idea

    We need to support those in the middle east because they look up to us and they are in need of us. We need to support them and democracy will allow them to choose the people they want to rule them. It will decrease terrorists. This is why we should promote democracy

  • Democracy is a human right

    Throughout history, we have seen that humans will try to oppress others. In a democracy, everyone's vote is counted, without regard to skin colour, gender, religion, or nationality. Democracy is spreading throughout the world already since the end of the Soviet Union. In the Middle East, sexist and homophobic laws have been in place for some time. Some countries haven't evolved since the Stone Ages, and it is time for the modern and secular civilisation to reach the Middle East. Women should be able to get educated, gays shouldn't be stoned or prevented from marriage, and non Muslims shouldn't be subject to apostasy laws. In the Middle East, the United States has struck down the regimes but hasn't instilled democracy in the minds of the citizens. This is why democracy hasn't been successful in the Middle East yet.

  • Long Term Cost Benefit

    The long term cost benefit of all the oil that the Middle East has could make a huge impact on or economy. So no it isn't a bad idea, in fact it might be desirable to others, but the problem is whether or not its possible or what it would take to make it possible.

  • democracy?

    democracy doesnt exist. its a veil pulled over the eyes of Americans to give the illusion of being free. the reality is, we are all slaves to bankers and to taxes. would we really blindly hand over money if we knew the truth? the middle east doesnt need our indoctrination of so called democracy. every election is riddled with fraud and misleading words to gain your trust. how will that fix anything? it wont they seem to be doing just fine on their own. mind your own business

  • No, spreading democracy in the Middle East is not a bad idea.

    No, I do not believe that spreading democracy in the Middle East is a bad idea. Many of the current governments in the Middle East are extremely totalitarian and the leaders of these countries abuse their powers in the worst way. There are also a lot of theocracies in the Middle East, and most of the time, these religiously governed countries follow Sharia Law, which history has shown can result in massive human rights violations.

  • No, Not At All

    No, spreading democracy in the Middle East is not a bad idea. By attempting to spread democracy in the Middle East, we are also exposing the people there to our beliefs, freedoms and values. The countries of the Middle East cannot continue to condone their absence of human rights. It is time for all countries to embrace human rights and equality. No people should be forced to endure repression and inequality.

  • As Long as America Doesn't Put in a Puppet Government

    The problem with the Middle East for decades was that regimes were put in place by American influence. Those despots, after allying themselves with America, bowed to local pressure and turned into an Islamic theocracy bent on destroying the west and controlling oil prices. Democracy in the Middle East should be embraced as much as possible. However, meddling in the affairs of other countries isn't the way to affect such change.


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