The Western media has worked itself into a pro-democracy frenzy with respect to the Middle East and North Africa, though I note that it keeps its many mouths firmly shut about the People’s Republic of China, which is currently little better than the rest with regard to civil and economic rights, and which was by far the worst in the history of mankind during the rule of Chairman Mao (some 30 million souls murdered as compared with 1,000 or so in Libya so far).
Unfortunately, the media is pretty much ignorant about the wide range of so-called ‘democracies’ that might arise half-formed out of the Middle Eastern sand. Some of these promise to be worse than the autocracies that they are pulling down. Widespread genocide is predictable as Shi’ites confront Sunnis, as the better-off confront those who are impoverished, and as the literate confront the illiterate, all armed to the teeth in pursuit of the black gold that drives their passions. The end-game may well produce tyrannies that match those of Stalin’s USSR, Hitler’s Germany and Mao’s China, rather than the Scandinavian social democracies that the Western media so eagerly praise.
The media, unfortunately, is not well-educated in such institutional niceties as the rule of law, and civil society, or in the nature of the inalienable rights to life and liberty and the imprescriptible right to property that form the basis of the United States’ Constitution. Given the ignorance of the media in 2000, when Al Gore was lionized for losing a presidential election while winning the popular vote, I am not sure that most of the U.S. media is even aware about the nature of the United States Constitution.
Blood and Oil! That is the predictable tragedy of the crude forces now being witlessly unleashed across the Middle East. If the world escapes Armageddon, it will indeed be fortunate. If the West meddles in the region – and its leaders are straining at the leash so to do, not least because of the lure of Black Gold – then Armageddon pretty much is inevitable. At least, the media will glorify itself in its own self- destruction as it records the unfolding events for a desolate ether.