Democracy and the Middle East
September 5, 2006 8:01am CST
President Bush is constantly saying that demaocracy is needed in the Missdle East and that liberty is the answer that will cure the violence. Persoannly, I disagree. Democracy cannot exist if the people will not separate religion from government. There is an intolerance among Middle Eastern countries when it comes to religion. That intolerance prevents free speech and free thought. That intolerance is cultural and ingrained into the minds and psyches of the people. Until people of the Middle East learn to separate religion and politics, Democracy will never take hold.
• United States
5 Jan 07
You are absolutely right. With the resurgence of this theocratic ruling version of Islam its impossible. It will be like communism in developing parts of the world. Eventually it will fall apart from within. But what happens on the way or when it actually happens. Very good topic.