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Kumbaya Condi

I’d really like every country in the world to be a liberal democracy. I’d like to see peace break out on a global scale. I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony. I’d like to buy the world a Coke, and keep it company… And throw in a few Kumbaya’s and save the whales while I’m at it. That’s why I can’t fault the Bush administration’s ultra-liberal dream to shine the God given light of democracy and freedom on the benighted peoples of the world, starting with our little brown brothers in the Middle East. But of course, the Devil’s in the details.

In the run up to the Iraq invasion, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned Senator Bob Graham,

You do not understand the consequences of your actions. If you succeed militarily - and you will - and if Iraq were to become a democracy, it would almost surely elect a religious extremist government. You will end up with another ayatollah as the head of the government. And that election could cause a cascading throughout the Middle East. The result of your actions, whatever their intentions, could well be two or three more Irans. Is that what you want?

So far, Mubarak's been right. In Iraq, the people freely chose a fundamentalist Islamic government - headed by Ayatollah Sistani and his Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq - over Allawi's secular government. The recent elections in Palestine saw Hamas take control at the local level, then set their sights on national leadership. Municipal elections in Saudi Arabia were won by Islamists. In Lebanon, Hezbollah made an impressive demonstration of its popularity. And now, President Bush has pressured Mubarak to open up Egyptian elections to opposition parties like the extremely popular Muslim Brotherhood, "the father of virtually all of today's jihad terrorist groups."

Controversial US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, recently explained the Bush administration's strategy, "Oh sure. Nobody wants to see the rise of greater fundamentalism or greater - let me use extremism. But it is really as opposed to what at this point? It isn't as if the status quo was stable the way that it was."

Huh? It wasn't an authoritarian regime that ordered the 9/11 attack. It was an Islamic fundamentalist - let me use extremist - group that did so. Authoritarian regimes like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar never ordered terrorist attacks on American citizens, it was Islamic fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden and theocratic governments like Iran. Even that pair of wackos, Qadaffi and Saddam, backed off after they got their noses bloodied. Authoritarian regimes can be deterred, religious fanatics cannot.

It should be totally obvious by now that, in the absence of the status quo which Dr. Rice so casually dismisses, the Middle East would be one God-damned big, contiguous, fundamentalist Islamic state. Good intentions aside, President Bush is giving Osama bin Laden an excellent shot at realizing his dream: a resurgent, pan-Arab Islamic Caliphate.

The bleeding-heart liberal do-gooders masquerading as conservatives in the White House should get back to realpolitik and stop paving the road to Hell with their good intentioned, but poorly thought out, world saving. If these ideologues absolutely must go save something, they should take a lesson from Democrats and start with something that doesn't have devastating unintended consequences, like saving the Spotted Owl.

Posted by American Pundit at March 29, 2005 10:15 AM