We humans tend to look at the world from our point of view, and this is right by all means. Why? Because the way you look at the world reflects the life you want to live, the life you want to believe in and the life you shape for yourself, your family and the children you will bring to this world. After all, this is the only realm in which you can exert immediate influence; your own life.
However, due to biased media coverage and a lot of confusing political agendas that take place on communication platforms, be it social media, radio or television we get projected to very similar ideas (in the western world).
This as such is not bad because every group of people may hold the same or similar ideologies. In America for example, there are the conservatives (Republicans) and Liberals (Democrats). They are not the same, but they all fall under the bi-party system and is believed to be the democracy of the United States.
However, even democracy has different ways of implementation and furthermore, there are other systems that may indeed function better for other types of populations. Singapore has been under the rule of the same president for approximately 30 years (until recently) and some professionals have called it a dictatorship or a semi-dictatorship. But look at how Singapore is one of the best countries in the world!
The reason I want you to take a step in my shoes is not because I do not believe in a uniform model of democracy. As we have seen in recent years, the middle east has been forced by the western governments to apply a democracy that has shown its failure in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. However, democracy re-applied differently to suit the Middle East will be the optimum solution.
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 that allegedly brought democracy to Iraq, only brought the right to vote, which is now being bought by money from politicians. This democracy and transparency also just gave politicians the confidence to call out on each other. A viral video of an Iraqi politician Misha’an Aljiboory showed him saying in an interview to Al-Itijah channel:
“All these politicians you see are corrupted, and I am one of them”
The democracy that arrived to Iraq is not the one that can shift the country to the next level, what Iraq needs is a patriotic party that can lead the country for a sufficient amount of time. The country needs enough time to recover and a legislative period of eight years is nothing compared to a history dates back more than 11,000 years.
So please wear the shoes of Iraqis that want to breathe away from this other form dictatorship that looks like a democracy on your TV screens and know that other countries may not function exactly the same as the western world.
As a final message, I would like to acknowledge that our world is colorful because of all our differences and our similarities only compliment that. We should all respect each others cultures and not force any on top of the other.
Almustafa Mahmoud Khalid
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