"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried"
Sir Winston Churchill
Right, it sure beats dictatorship, and no sane human being would turn her back to the personal rights enjoyed by every US citizen today, especially in the Arab world where the Governments and the police are justifiably feared! But as I always say "There is always a But!". And this But is a big one, it's a mistake for the US - or anyone for that matter - to become pompous (as if they invented gravity) and in the process turning off their audiance.
Then there is the famous "But Israel is a democracy" whenever our poor leaders try to justify their dreams for matching Israel's military or nuclear power, democracy my butt! This "Sole" democracy is practicing state terrorism, assassinations and genocide, not to mention its disregard for international law. If it is really a democracy, then all its actions are sanctioned by the majority of its people, and that makes the majority of voting Israeli citizens terrorists too!
No one is buying that "Trust us we are a democracy" nonsense from Israel or the US. The American vote is still terribly splintered, and what finally sells a candidate is always internal issues, so please do not ask us to buy into any of it, Arabs do not need anyone's luggage of internal issues to be added to their worries.
We observe the US famous VITO being exercised against everyone's will in the United Nations, we have seen how this true democracy advocating country is acting UNILATERALLY, we have seen how this democracy failed to result in accountability when the Iraq WMD lies were unearthed, I am yet to see the "big chief" apologizing for any of the lost lives due to his decision to go to war based on his own or other's lies.
"Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship"
Harry S Truman
And who said that the American Flavor of democracy is the only alternative for our salvation? There are many models currently being practiced successfully in Europe & Asia, also 1,400 years ago, the Arabs experienced true democracy with the birth of Islam, at a time when the rest of the world was suffering from racism, gender discrimination dictatorships and lawlessness, it was only during the past 100 years or so that women and minorities in the west started to have rights! It remains true Arabs have deviated from implementing what makes them civilized, but it is all still there..
Actually Islamic democracy combines the best of both the spiritual and material worlds, fuses their values together in a fool-proof doctrine, where the human being is empowered to do good to herself and to her society, to challenge a ruler's authority, to have a say and speak out without fear. Nevertheless, I am for an immediate "ready to wear" kind of western democracy until Islamist reconcile with their religion and themselves again.
So to sum it up, we are getting disgusted from the current American version of democracy, and it is working against our own yearn to establish just societies in the Arab World. Democracy should not be used as an excuse if you are truly advocating freedom, when human decency is contradicted with any political doctrine, it will factor into its own downfall.