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MIDDLE EAST: Democracy isn’t offshoot of Arab spring

Letter by Scott Candoo, Tacoma on Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm | No Comments »
November 19, 2012 1:49 pm

Gaza rockets, Israeli retaliation, President Morsi of Egypt threatening to intervene as violence escalates, Pakistan releases Afghan militant leader, roadside bomb kills 17, Lebanese militant who masterminded killings of Americans is released from Iraq custody, Iran continues its nuclear ambitions, US troops killed by Afghan allies, and (oh yes) U.S. ambassador killed in Libya.

The real offshoot of the Arab awakening is not democracy and nothing like the American Revolution creating an open and free society. Centuries before our revolution, the philosophic groundwork was being done by Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, and later by Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau and countless others, leading to Madison, Jefferson and Adams.

True democracies live in the hearts and minds of the citizens of any nation.

The Middle East will have to play itself out in societies that will have to contend with their own issues. As long as they have the U.S. to demonize, they will not actually address their own issues.

We are not helping in Afghanistan. We are only providing the extremists a “fall guy” and wasting precious lives and money in the process.

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