In The Arab World And Elsewhere, People Are Seeking A Separate Existence In Nations—That Are Of, By And For Themselves Alone.
Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International
Atomic Energy Agency and potential candidate for
president of Egypt.
post-revolutionary Egypt appears to be coming apart.
And demands are
rising for the prosecution and execution of former
president Hosni Mubarak.
"People do not feel secure,"
"They are buying guns." And as Anthony Shadid and
David Kirkpatrick of
The New York Times
write, it is not only Egypt`s future that is in doubt.
"(I)n the past weeks, the specter of
divisions—religion in Egypt, fundamentalism in Tunisia,
sect in Syria and Bahrain, clan in Libya—has threatened
uprisings that once seemed to promise to resolve
questions that have vexed the Arab world since the
of Arab Uprisings Is Threatened by Divisions]
Can the Arab
revolts cope with
"the cacophony of diversity … the Arab world`s variety
of clans, sects, ethnicities and religions?"
Or will we
witness the disintegration of nations like Libya, Syria,
Iraq and Yemen, as we did Ethiopia and the Sudan—and of
African, Latin American, Asian and European nations, as
With the end of
the Cold War in 1991, it seemed the world was moving
toward unity. The post-Cold War era saw the expansion of
the European Union, NAFTA and GATT, the creation of a
World Trade Organization, the Rome Treaty for the
prosecution of war crimes, the Kyoto Protocol, and the
G-7 expand to the G-8 and then to the G-20.
to be coming together to solve global problems.
seem everywhere to be coming apart.
Is the future
more likely to bring deepening global integration, or
continued disintegration, as we saw with the collapse
and breakup of Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and
Yugoslavia into 24 nations, separated along the lines of
ethnicity, culture and faith?
What America has
on offer to the world is democratic pluralism.
Founding Fathers and every generation before 1960, all
of which sought to keep us European and Christian, we
declare to the world that diversity—religious, racial,
ethnic, cultural, the more the better—is now the
In 1960, 97
percent of all Americans spoke English. Today, we take
pride in the fact that Americans speak hundreds of
emergent rival power, fears diversity, as it portends
inevitable division. It thus represses religious and
ethnic minorities—Christian and Falun Gong, Uighurs,
Tibetans and Mongolians. China offers the world another
face, the face of the ethno-national state of Han
Chinese. Like Korea, Japan and the
Asian nations, China is closed to immigrants.
Looking to the
Middle East today, half a year into the Arab Spring that
began in Tunisia, we see Libyan tribes standing by
Moammar Gadhafi against Benghazi and the east, and
Muslims attacking Christians in Egypt.
In Syria, the
Alawite Shia minority, to which President Bashar Assad
belongs, speaks with terror of a seizure of power by
Sunni, whose slogan is,
Beirut and Alawites to the coffin."
In Bahrain, the
monarchy is Sunni, the majority Shia, and that is the
dividing line. In Iraq, it is Arab, Kurd and Turkmen,
Shia majority vs. Sunni minority, Muslim against
One half of Iran
is Persian, the other half Arab, Kurd, Azeri and Baluch.
In Afghanistan, the Pashtun majority in the center and
south have historically dominated the Uzbek, Tajik and
Is the greater
likelihood that the Arab nations, riven by rebellion and
revolution, will become democracies, or that they will
disintegrate along religious, ethnic and tribal lines?
Indeed, where is
the democratic model for the Middle East?
There is none.
Lebanon is as close as it comes, but
Lebanon has been disintegrating for decades. And
then there is Turkey, an ethno-national state that
represses its Kurd minority and is on its way to
becoming an Islamic state.
As for a
U.S.-British belief in diversity and democracy as the
world`s model, as President Obama preached in London,
our own democracy is proving incapable of balancing its
budgets, or winning its wars, or defending its borders.
politics are poisonous, and
tribalism is rising not disappearing. And it is not
autocratic Chinese but a democratic West that is facing
devaluations and defaults.
The New Republic writes in "The
Great Democracy Meltdown," it is
meltdowns, not democratic revolutions, that are now the
norm." In its recent annual survey,
found that global freedom plummeted for the fifth year
in a row, the longest continuous decline in nearly 40
Why is this
In the 21st
century, the call of one`s God and the claims of blood
and soil seem more magnetic than the ideologies of the
19th and 20th century: Marxism, socialism or democracy.
People do not seem to seek equality with other cultures,
faiths and tribes, but a separate existence in nations
that are of, by and for themselves alone.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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Paul Craig Roberts.