The End of Arab Nationalism and its Folkloric League. Excellent insight
My friend is right you know… I hope what I write is as clearly understood as your insightful wisdom.
Here is my premise: I am a man who believes in a strong republic because I fully believe in the “Fall of Man” and I don’t see governments as the sole owner of all the solutions. Now the combination of people to people who are willing to give a hand up and Governments who seek to find solutions with those outside of Governments (NGO’s and the like)might and I mean might work. Disasters prove it time and time again that it takes more than any centralized government today. Governments are fragile instruments at best and the U.N. only knows how to take money and spend it on itself like a peacock which struts around the barnyard and does nothing but look pretty in its own eyes and consumes food. The League of Nations didn’t work; we have over 100 million dead all over the world from the 30’s to the Mid 40’s to prove it. Why did they think the post WWII world organization would be any different…what by gluing different feathers on it? History not learned repeats and has and sadly is true again today!
History does teach us that in the end governments left to themselves, think they have the sole solution. Many sad to say think like Nietzsche: “What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.” Power being their god and control of others being their virtue.
All this means is most people are democrats for the opposite reason, as I am a believer in the republic form of governance. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau and others even Nietzsche. They are a group who believe in democracy because they think mankind so wise and good (capable) that the strong would allow everyone to share a bit of government.
The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . “I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation.” C.S. Lewis
The real reason for republic is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no one man or even a single group can be trusted with unchecked power over their fellow humans. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. I reject slavery because I see no people fit to be masters of others.
Again my friend you strike a rich cord of clear thinking, it is what an author I enjoy said of the people who discovered they were following evil in the late 30’s in Germany: “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Arab League needs to get off the train and get on another one that values, listens and allow people to people contact, not subjugation (our governments needs to do a similar action too!). What is needed is a train which seeks real and tangible creative, long-term solutions. But alas, as you know power doesn’t give up power easily and never without a great cost. You are bold, honorable and true – keep speaking it out, silence is not golden in the face of true evil! You are in my prayers for strength, tenacity and wisdom!