Part 6. Exporting Democracy to the Middle East
The Death of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Part 6)
Exporting Democracy to the Middle East
How could anyone expect a hypothetical democracy in the Persian Gulf Oil States to undersell their nation’s sole source of income and pay back the money to buy arms?
Mr. Bush talks about exporting democracy to the Middle East. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. Democracy, unlike the political economy, is not a zero sum game. We fail to see how George Bush could claim kudos for the ‘export of democracy’ to Afghanistan and Iraq, while he foregoes democracy concomitantly in the United States.
For anyone still in doubt, we would assert that Mr. Bush is not telling the truth (again) because
1. Mr. Bush serves the interests of the cabal that appointed him as President. Having participated in two fraudulent elections, facilitated by the two-party political mafia, he could not possibly be interested in or respect the rule of law and democratic values.
2. Under Bush [and his mentor Cheney,] America is falling deeper into tyranny. America has become a military dictatorship ruled by a mindless Junta, thinly disguised as theocrats, which get their orders from the big money. Today the Junta proclaims
- The despotic power to set aside habeas corpus: To arrest arbitrarily and hold the citizen indefinitely: no warrant for the arrest, no charges before a judge and no case before a jury.
- The PATRIOT Act: Autonomous surveillance powers granted to the police. Powers to spy on citizens are tantamount to the unconstitutional violations of the rights of citizens.
- Breech of the prohibition against psychological torture of detainees in the US and physical torture of detainees abroad.
- Breech of the attorney-client privilege (the Lynne Stewart case) aimed at deterring attorneys who might otherwise represent unpopular clients dutifully. [For an in-depth analysis, see ‘The Police State Is Closer Than You Think,’ by Paul Craig Roberts available at URL: http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts127.html]
3. It is highly unlikely that a democratic regime in any of the oil-pumping Gulf States be willing to accept the status quo, selling their most precious commodity at giveaway prices. How could a hypothetical democracy in, say, Saudi Arabia undersell their nation’s sole source of income and pay back most of the money to buy arms? The welfare of any potential democracy in the Persian Gulf would directly conflict with the cabal’s interests, threaten the cabal’s power structure and therefore be regarded as hostile.
4. On the other hand, if a [real] US President were to usher democracy to the Middle East their first and most essential port of call would be Saudi Arabia where democracy is desperately needed for reasons of world security—not Afghanistan or Iraq. We therefore conclude that Mr. Bush and the cabal that protect him have neither any interest in maintaining democracy at ‘home,’ nor any intention whatever to exporting democracy abroad, especially to the Middle East .
Saudi Arabia and the Specter of Democracy
Saudi Arabia sits on the world’s largest known oil reserves, estimated between 17-25% of the total reserves. [Saudi sheiks, possibly compelled by the fear of early redundancy due to strategic geopolitical reasons, increased their oil reserves from 170 to 258 billion barrels overnight in 1988.] Further, Saudi Arabia together with other pumping-stations-turned-states in the Gulf hold about 41% of the world’s known oil reserves. It is therefore vital to establish democratic systems throughout these states in the interest of world security.
The depraved Saudi ruling class, their ‘kings,’ ‘royals’ and sheikhs, are among the most brutal, corrupted and deviant individuals on the face of our planet. They defy the rule of international law with impunity because the cabal that rules America affords them full protection.
Saudi Arabia’s human rights record is appallingly poor. Saudi Arabia is one of only a few countries where suspected criminals without due process face penalties including corporal punishment such as amputations of hands and feet. The Saudi Regime oppresses religious and political minorities, tortures prisoners, and abuses women. Recently, a young Saudi rape victim received the same punishment as the gang who raped her and her male companion.
According to a Human Rights Watch report in 2001, “Saudi women [continue] to face severe discrimination in all aspects of their lives, including the family, education, employment, and the justice system.”
Public executions by beheading and stoning, and private executions by shooting, staged for selected audiences, are commonplace in Saudi Arabia.
The report also stated, “Saudi Arabia continued to provide refuge and financial support to Idi Amin, the exiled Ugandan leader whose regime was responsible for a reign of terror that left an estimated 300,000 dead in the 1970s. After fleeing Uganda in 1979, Amin arrived in the kingdom at the invitation of the late King Faisal… A journalist [who] interviewed Amin in Jeddah in 1999 reported that [Amin had moved] ‘to a more exclusive area…mainly occupied by powerful oil sheikhs.’” Amin died in August 2003 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Human Trafficking in Saudi Arabia
Although Saudi Arabia outlawed slavery in 1962 by freeing about 10,000 slaves out of an estimated 15,000-30,000, the practice of human trafficking is still rife in the country. In 2006, Saudi Arabia was designated by the U-S Department of State as a ‘Tier 3’ country.
The US Department of States Trafficking Persons Report states: “Saudi Arabia is a destination for men and women from South and East Asia and East Africa trafficked for the purpose of labor exploitation, and for children from Yemen , Afghanistan , and Africa trafficking for forced begging. Hundreds of thousands of low-skilled workers from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Kenya migrate voluntarily to Saudi Arabia; some fall into conditions of involuntary servitude, suffering from physical and sexual abuse, non-payment or delayed payment of wages, the withholding of travel documents, restrictions on their freedom of movement and non-consensual contract alterations. The Government of Saudi Arabia does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so. Saudi Arabia has moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3 because of its lack of progress in anti-trafficking efforts, particularly its failure to protect victims and prosecute those guilty of involuntary servitude.”
Saudi Arabia (also UAE and other pumping-stations-turned-states in the Gulf) continue to use child slaves as camel jockeys. Ansar Burney Welfare Trust, an international human and civil rights organization, has been instrumental in freeing hundreds of Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani children who were smuggled to Saudi Arabia (also UAE and other pumping-stations-turned-states in the Gulf) to work as jockeys. “The children are underfed to reduce their weights, in order to lighten the load on the camel.”
Whereas the existing Islamic laws forbid the mistreatment of women, children, and laborers [slaves], the Saudi regime does not enforce these laws.
[Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and UAE are also designated as 'Tier 3’ countries. Runaway girls and boys are also trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and involuntary servitude. They are reportedly auctioned regularly, especially in UAE—another morally bankrupt state.]
With ‘friends’ like these, how many more enemies could America afford?
In the wake of Mr. Bush’s failure to usher in democracy to Saudi Arabia (and other pumping-stations-turned-states in the Gulf), it is now up to the good people of Arabia to flush their corrupt and deviant kings, sultans, emirs, and viziers to the cesspool of history, or else the history would judge them very harshly. The people of Arabia must assume collective responsibility for their most precious natural capital, or face the fatal consequences of allowing cheap oil destroy the ecosystems.
We have demonstrated that the political economy together with the cabal appointed politicians, chrematists, academics, scholars and ‘experts’ who continue to advocate an exponential growth culture (designed to manipulate property and short-term monetary exchange values) have failed stupendously to address the most basic needs of human community and protect our precious life base, Earth. They have achieved completely the opposite: The economic system has driven the ecosystems to the verge of imminent collapse; humans and many other animal species now face extinction.
For anyone who still fails to see the picture, here is an illustration by the way of a famous French riddle for children: We have a pond on which water lilies grow doubling in number everyday. It takes 30 days for the lilies to cover the pond completely and suffocate the fish and other life forms in the water.
On what day do we forfeit our last chance to react? The answer, of course, is the 29th day because on the following day, the 30th day, the lilies double for the last time and completely cover the pond.
Exponential systems, like the economic growth culture, do not allow much reaction time. The problem may not seem strikingly obvious for a long time. As late as the 24th day, for example, the lilies cover only 1/64th of the pond and on the 25th day 1/32nd—a seemingly insignificant portion of the pond. Even on the 29th day one-half of the pond still looks deceptively safe.
We have now reached the final hours in the ’29th day’ of Earth’s ecological system capacity. Our exponentially growing ecological footprint has pushed at least 15 of the 24 ecosystems (about 2/3 of all ecosystems) vital for supporting life to the verge of collapse including fresh water, fisheries, air and water purification systems, and the systems that regulate climate, natural hazards and pests.
This is our last chance to react. Tomorrow is the 30th day—the lilies cover our pond completely and choke us all to death.
To create a semblance of a chance for our children, we must stop the ecological carnage by immediately adopting a large-scale community management program that would include the ecosystems, air, water, food, land and energy as well as humans and other life forms. The program must take long-term views of costs and benefits to the entire life community and offer the small fraction of our progeny who might survive the ecological cataclysm a fighting chance.
Humanity lacks the skill, strength and the courage to accomplish the vital feat of social engineering needed to save life on Earth
1. Impeach and incarcerate a few evil men who are destroying the future;
2. Adopt an economic system for the community to prevent ecocide (possibly omnicide);
3. Establish a comprehensive rescue plan to save at least a fragment of the future for the next generations.
Gentle readers, it would be highly improbable that we could perform such housekeeping tasks on any of Prof. Hawking’s imaginary planets.
by Harry Saloor
The Death of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Parts 1 to 6)