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The West is an enemy of democracy and secularism globally

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The great majority of Western powers and intellectuals alike make it very difficult for progressive activists to push for democracy and secularism in the world today.

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The crunch is this: Western secular types typically describe themselves as more "rational' and "human rights oriented' than others. They use condemning and condescending language in their common conversations even. Sure, no one is perfect. We all have to grow and learn to treat each other better as the globe shrinks in our perception.

Problem is, the West is also a barbaric plunderer of the world that hasn't got a leg to stand on. And there is no shortage of Western academic apologists for world domination by force even today.

Western hypocrisy is the bane of secular democrats everywhere.

The West commits mass murder and invades other countries through NATO and, if they can get away with it, the UN. Their regular "regime changing' rampages that are routinely supported by their supposed "intelligentsia' -- as was the case in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and is today in Syria -- are accompanied by a flood of "local' freedom fighters who more often than not turn out to be any hotchpotch of international mercenaries that will do it for some reason or the other and regardless of what kind of crazy ideology they might subscribe to. Al Qeada, Halliburton, CIA, Mossad, freelancers, you name it. Even cannibals are found on the side of the West's agenda.

It really doesn't matter why they do it. Some mercenaries will do it for the love of killing, some for the money, others will do it for the love of dying. But mercenaries, by definition, are not democratic in their core.

In fact, should Saudi Arabia turn democratic, it is very unlikely that it would continue to act like USA's poodle in the Arab region. This has happened to some extent in Egypt and Tunisia already.

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Independence, democracy and even secularism for subservient nations under imperial control would run against the interests of the imperial master. Why rock the boat if you are the captain?

It is therefore of no surprise that the CIA would work with the Saudi government and Mossad and Qatar, for example, to destabilise the only secular, independent nation -- Syria -- in the region. Of course, they scream about democracy and freedom while the fighters they pay for and arm are literally eating people's hearts on camera and using chemical weapons in Syria.

The Real Axis of Evil today is the West-Israel-Al Qaeda one, funded by Arab monarchies, for whom no cause appears too low to kill for.

On a more personal level, anyone who takes up a weapon and tries to shoot their way toward democracy in an offensive operation (rather than a defensive operation against a direct threat to one's life) simply doesn't understand what s/he is doing.

People who use brute violence supposedly for the sake of "democratic freedom' must ask themselves why it is that violence is justified to them.

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And why is it that instead of a majority of people being in their camp, they are actually having to kill for their cause?

Are these bloodthirsty "democracy' murderers realistic or even genuine?

This is not to claim that no cause is worthy of use of violence. That discussion is just too difficult.

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An average Iranian with a keen interest in international affairs. Niloufar is a graduate in Development Studies in the UK, and works as an international consultant in the field of international development (non-profit).

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What you say is accurate. Americans in general are... by Simon Leigh on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:59:35 AM
It's quite amazing how propaganda has the average ... by Niloufar Parsi on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:14:18 PM
but as usual- itg not the West- it is the group po... by Mark Sashine on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:56:49 AM
Yet, decadence is a factor that cannot be ignored... by Niloufar Parsi on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:15:21 PM
A good article that invokes t... by K V Ramani on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:48:33 AM
This is precisely the subject of my next article, ... by Niloufar Parsi on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:24:33 PM
To the extent Western hegemony continued to advanc... by K V Ramani on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8:20:45 PM
west have little to do with democracy at all. Gene... by Ethan Hollow on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:46:53 PM
I agree about Switzerland, at least in the sense t... by Niloufar Parsi on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:26:36 PM
As Mark Sashine points out, our political leaders ... by Fred Gohlke on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:24:27 PM
I would suggest that representative democracy is a... by Niloufar Parsi on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:30:24 PM
First whom I can credit to say that was Silvio Ges... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 2:01:04 AM
May I urge a more careful examination of the gover... by Fred Gohlke on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 1:04:59 PM
virtually anything sophisticated, Sir. Societal il... by Ad Du on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:37:06 PM
A democracy is a system of government in which not... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 2:10:55 AM
A fully functioning political democracy could not ... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 2:19:27 AM
Yes and not because first something must be in pla... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 2:49:29 AM
Thank you for your effort (apparently caused mostl... by Ad Du on Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 11:33:53 AM
Interesting point you make in the comparison betwe... by Niloufar Parsi on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 4:13:20 AM
I made the parallel UK-Iran simply because of your... by Ad Du on Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 11:10:04 AM
At least part of the difference in our opinions is... by Fred Gohlke on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 1:10:24 PM
 I often add something like "(as we've long k... by Ad Du on Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 9:19:31 AM
re: " I'm not sure you are not right about educate... by Fred Gohlke on Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 10:48:23 AM
Gladio, NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 at 1:42:23 AM