Friday, April 01, 2005
El-Kikhia's Never Satisfied, Always Wrong
The administration indeed might be sincere in its push for democracy in the Third World, but as far as the Middle East is concerned, that is another story.
So we aren't concerned about democracy in the Middle East? Each week it becomes harder and harder to take this man seriously. I don't say this lightly, but El-Kikhia has either gone insane or he is so filled with hatred for President Bush and his adopted country that he chooses to ignore our accomplishments and sacrifices in Iraq, and last time I checked Iraq was still part of the Middle East.
El-Kikhia was a rapid opponent of the Iraq war, and now he complains:
It [the Bush administration] is now content with reading and talking about democracy in the Middle East.
Typical El-Kikhia, he wants to have it both ways, and prays nobody notices. He complains when we go into Iraq to free the country and set up a democracy, and when we stop at that he complains we aren't doing enough. Well, I noticed. Here are just a few of the things the Unites States is doing, beyond Iraq and Afghanistan, to spread democracy around the world, as stated by Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs:
-- The Community of Democracies, "a new international network in which young and old democracies of different size and form, gather to strengthen representative government, to share experiences, to help one another, and to coordinate policies in areas of common interest."
-- The National Endowment for Democracy, a private, non-profit organization supported predominantly by the United States government that "has worked for over twenty years to strengthen democratic institutions through its multiple components...as well as direct grants to non-governmental organizations."
-- The Millennium Challenge Account, a new U.S. foreign aid program designed "to reward the countries that work the hardest for the interests of their people...that are committed to governing justly, investing their own resources in their people, and working to provide a proper climate for economic growth."
In addition, I think El-Kikhia misses the relationship between winning the war on terror and the prospects for democracy in the Middle East. In this context, is there any region in the world we are concentrating on more than the Middle East. Dr. Dobriansky also said:
"Our long-term strategy," she said, "is to strike at the heart of terrorism by depriving it of its havens, its recruitment grounds, and its foot soldiers. We will do this in no small measure through the avid promotion of democracy and freedom.
Next, El-Kikhia accuses the Bush administration of having "reverted to an old theme in U.S. foreign policy: Dictatorship is fine, as long as it is our dictator." Hogwash. Again, here is Dr. Paula Dobriansky:
During his visit to Great Britain last November, President Bush noted "We must shake off decades of failed policy in the Middle East. Your nation and mine, in the past, have been willing to make a bargain, to tolerate oppression for the sake of stability. Longstanding ties often led us to overlook the faults of local elites. Yet, this bargain did not bring stability or make us safe. It merely bought time, while problems festered and ideologies of violence took hold." The change of the status quo in the Middle East, and the prospect of a free and vibrant Iraq offer an enormous opportunity for democracy in the region, which will also set an example for the whole world. This is an opportunity to help millions of people, and while doing so, undermine the terrorists and enhance our security.
It looks to me like the Bush administration knows more about what is going on in the Middle East than El-Kikhia lets on. So, once again we see that El-Kikhia is blinded to truth and reason by his compulsion to smear the Bush administration and the United States.
I hope I never become so filled with hatred for an individual that I become blinded to reality. Results are what matter, not one's personal ideology.