“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D.Roosevelt
Democracy like Rome was not built in a day, generation upon generation struggled, fought and bled against oppression to give the people power to rule themselves. As time progressed the people have become more educated against tyranny.
From its foundation in Ancient Greece where the rich and powerful would vote in a Senate to push policy to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, there is a long timeline to the modern democracy we know today. Not until 1918 did women achieve the vote in England, less than 100 years ago.
Rightfully we are angered and disgusted in the west when the ideas of democracy are perverted and ignored across the world. Like good people we want everybody to be free, have the right to self-determination and the opportunities that we in the west are entitled too.
The 20th century was the century of war. War for resources, power, and freedom. Countless times Western powers have “liberated” middles eastern, Asian and African countries from oppression.
But to what end?
The middle east is on fire, dictators, wars and emerging factions are battling it out for dominance after Western powers divided nations and imposed power on wrongful leaders. We have tried to impose our ways too quickly and the culture has not caught up.
The way to actually let democracy flourish is simply to let it happen
We cannot force democracy…
Good will always prosper over evil. Over time people will educate themselves and overthrow their oppressors. People will die and there will be tragedy and evil but eventually, democracy will flourish.
It takes time.
Unlike Nazi Germany, the middle east is not really a massive threat to the sovereignty of western states. For now, we should withdraw ourselves militarily and offer to aid in education and trading. Apart from that, we need to let it sort its self out.
It may contradict our morals, but to really help less developed countries we need to let them develop on their own.
We should take a lesson from history. Change takes time and rapid change never lasts. We are a progressive fast learning species and time is our greatest ally.