Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Middle Eastern developments

With Egypt in turmoil, this September 2010 profile of its rightful ruler is worth re-reading. I am no apologist for the Egyptian regime (itself the heir of the 1952 revolution against King Farouk), but doubt that its fall would lead to anything better. Unfortunately, in a country where 84% of the public reportedly believe in executing converts from Islam to Christianity, "Democracy" may be more likely to lead to an Islamic theocracy than a restoration of the monarchy. However, one can always hope...long live King Fuad II!

Meanwhile, in a response to similar protests in Jordan, King Abdullah II has dismissed the prime minister and appointed a new one. So far there appears to be little opposition to the Jordanian monarchy itself, but it is an uncertain time throughout the Middle East, even more so than usual.

The current wave of protests began in Tunisia, which like Egypt abolished its monarchy in the 1950s, as if more proof were needed that revolutions only lead to more problems. With the American government continuing to trumpet "Democracy" as the solution to all ills, it seems that neither the West nor the peoples of the Middle East have learned anything from history. Past upheavals like the 1979 Iranian Revolution didn't exactly turn out well for "Human Rights." Tunisia should restore King Mohammed X and Egypt King Fuad II, but that would be far too sensible. Apparently the world would rather babble about "Democracy" while radical Islam surges ahead.

6 comments:

Flambeaux said...

Of course Whigs and republicans never learn from the past! They can't learn from what they are ignorant of. They cannot pass on what they have not received.

And when the very foundation of their anthropology is the rejection of tradition and sanity, we can expect nothing but perpetual revolution until a populace, weary of instability and beggared by unending civil unrest, chucks all those who babble self-righteously about "liberte", "egalite", and "fraternite" in favor of what ever strong man can bring order.

Then, and only then, can the Church begin to again work to transform the savage barbarous tyrant into a proper Christian monarch.

Neral said...

I translated your article into Czech ( http://www.promonarchii.cz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147:vyvoj-na-blizkem-vychod&catid=1:aktuality&Itemid=50 )
Hope You don't mind! :-)

Theodore Harvey said...

Thank you! I'm honoured to be read by monarchists of other languages and nationalities. Best wishes for the Czech monarchist cause!

Geoffrey said...

Well said! Exactly what I had been thinking for the past several days.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

To paraphrase A.J.P. Taylor, they learn from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones...

Tancred said...

Absolutely, there's something seething beneath the surface that's not visible. Just remember, these mass demonstrations are orchestrated and manufactured.