Gulf States: The Bigger Democratic Picture

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There has been growing concerns how Islamist extremists is making it so difficult to have a good relationship, for one country, with it’s neighbouring countries. They are making it easy to incite hatred amongst people of various religions, amongst people of different nationalities, because of the misunderstandings they preach all in the name of “faith”.

Political Islam, which is an entirely different faction from Islam itself is increasingly proving as being an ungovernable mode of conducting national affairs. This is because an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) can be defined as the political Islam we see today, by-large in the Gulf and this incompatibility, to put it lightly, is hurting the region. They have pronounced radical thoughts such as the idea behind a state and how it clashes their own Islamist perspectives – they are apparently, opposed to the idea of “countries”.

They view democracy as being against faith, because people must follow a code of conduct dictated by sovereignty, but Islamists don’t have to do this – they can just follow “sharia law” and it would be fine, there is no need to seek out and obey a parliamentarian authority for it. They oppose multiculturalism, pluralism in ideologies, and this is not helping matters at all because Arab nations must adhere to the code of conduct etched out in the human rights doctrine that all globalised societies follow.

Political Islam opposes democracy, pioneered by the West, in totality. There is no other way around it – countries in the Gulf must address these resounding concerns, as well as those of the people it has set out to govern. Some governments have come to power, forcibly, some diplomatically, but they hold Islamist views. The countries have even been accepted into the United Nations, and welcomed into international diplomacy, like nothing much has transpired there regionally despite the old well-known trouble of lack of compatibility between Islamist point of views and democracy.

But then there are growing protests nationally, against such governments, and the Arab uprising in 2011 was a demonstration of just that: people taking it upon themselves to change the country’s political landscape, for the better, and overthrow the autocratic government. Islamist ideals of government fails there miserably because their rhetoric of dictatorship of-sorts cannot work. There needs to be a plurality of ideas, a greater sense of diversity to aim for a society, that is both globalised and good nationally.

Sadly, America has still not understood this despite the September 9/11 attacks because their “war on terror” is about fighting to help the country, not tackle a specific ideology that keeps resurfacing all over the Gulf, as and how it pleases. America might not be interested in building nations, but what would you say to foreign policy because it is their job to negotiate and advise parliaments?

Unless you want to subscribe to ridicule for believing that democracy has no place in the West or the rising Far East, it does not take a lot to understand that Islamist governments cannot take control of a country and expected to be greeted with a rapturous round of applause. We have seen, a countless number of times, the helplessness of the people nationally in several Gulf states, when such governments come to power, and it cannot continue.


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