Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Top Ten Wednesdays: How are we promoting democracy in the Middle East?

10) By supporting the right of Middle Eastern people to have a say in their own political futures and elect the governments that they want, rather than live under the yoke of dictatorship!

9) Unless that government is, you know, a little Muslimy.

8) Look, we were founded under the written principle of all men are created equal, but we have an unwritten part we also follow, that some men are more equal than others. (Okay, that part used to be written, too.)

7) The problem with giving power to the people is that you sometimes get people in power that you don’t like, and while we support freedom, there has to be some limits.

6) It’s not that we won’t recognize governments that are run by Muslims, we just prefer that they act a little more Christian.

5) Even better, why not have Egypt be led out of the desert of oppression to the milk and honey of democracy by a nice Jewish boy?

4) But if that can’t happen, it’s not a bad idea to have someone who’s been Western-educated hold freedom down until it’s ready to grow up.

3) Someone like a president who will step down but not leave office. Or a general. Or maybe a shah, which sounds so glamorous!

2) Because if we’re not careful, what’s happening in the Middle East could happen here, the way it did 235 years ago.

1) Finally, if there’s one thing we know about American foreign policy, it’s this: You can’t harvest freedom without spreading a lot of fertilizer first.


Jennifer said...

All of this news has been making me think of the Bill Nighy, Pirate Rock quote:

Governments loathe people being free.

Mandos said...

999) But...but...but TERRORISM.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Alternate 7)The problem with giving power to the people is that they may have stuff that you want.

fish said...

B4 for the win.

Brando said...

I agree, that was a great addition.

Kathleen said...

it’s not a bad idea to have someone who’s been Western-educated hold freedom down until it’s ready to grow up.

don't forget to pour water over its nose and mouth.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

We're all for Freedom™, as long as that means the same thing as more profits for Exxon, Northrop Grumman, and such as.

Von said...

This list? Priceless!

Substance McGravitas said...

The Holy Lands should be led by Jesus and he's not around so we'll have to make do with bloodthirsty torturers.

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

Doesn't matter if you believe or not, we're STILL gonna be Divinely Judged; Jesus doesn't have a sign on the outskirts of Heaven saying, 'Those who don't believe, uber groovy, ya jive? C'mon in' - I was for fifteen years, conformed by the world, not by God. Be on the pro-LIFE-eration side, don't be on the side which'll swiftly lead you down. I’m a small 'peAce-de-resistance' of a Larger Picture: God’s side. God bless you with discernment.