Was catching up on the news and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was addressing as to why the Saudis were breaking relations with Iran.
All this turmoil between these two began after Saudi Arabia executed of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric and other alleged terrorists. Well, the Saudi regime is composed of one of the most brutal group of thugs in the world and the executions were just to keep the regime in power.
If this blog writer was to be living in either Saudi Arabia or Iran, my head would be chopped off offering a commentary about either of these dictatorships that definitely do not allow any criticism of their regimes.
And depending how the political wind is blowing, both are sometimes referred to as friends of the United States.
As repugnant as dictatorships and theocracies are to this very spoiled American, it gives one pause as to think that maybe the region of the Middle East may be better served by despots in power---all who deserve a quick bullet to their heads for their brutality.
As evidenced with the Saudis and Egypt, that despite our long history of supporting world democracies, United States policy makers still like despots in power as long as they are pro-American.
When the Arab spring began in large part due to the influence of social media upon the youth of the regions, one could not help but be awed that perhaps brutal leaders were going to be justifiably dispatched with and replaced with a democracy.
Unfortunately, it did not happen and the region was plunged into utter chaos with more people being killed and displaced than ever before. ISIS was one of many groups of sadists who filled the vacuum.
So this American sadly wonders is the Middle East ever able to handle democratic traditions or do the people actually prefer thugs running their lives versus the alternative of anarchy.
The modern Middle East is not the only region of the world in that has embraced dictatorships. Freedom House has a great interactive map showing with freedom scores of the world's nations.
|Source Freedom House: Freedom In The World 2015 Maps|