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OP-ED: Justice Is Scarce in Arab Countries Where the Rule of Law Is Absent

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Commentary: Democracy, it turns out, does not breed the rule of law; all indications are that it is the rule of law that breeds democracy.

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Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Friday October 4, 2013, 3:19 pm

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:25 pm
Noted !!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 3:37 am
The rule of law has nothing to do with democracy, it may make things more democratic but they are not interchangeable.

Rehana VN (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 11:56 am
Democracy in an Arab country, unheard of! No democracy & no rule of law, the self appointed /inherited dictatorships are a law unto themselves.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:13 pm
The only country that came close to democracy was Turkey and they have now shelved that idea. How else can people like the House of Saud keep control of a nation and its wealth while the people suffer?
In the Muslim world it is always the strongest man with the strongest clan or family who rules. You obey or else.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:49 pm
The only laws these places have is decapitation ,stoning chopping your limbs off, beatings,gagging and denying women especially, education and freedom

Birgit W (160)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:55 pm
I feel blessed that I do not have to live there. Thank you.

Athena F (131)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:18 pm

Roger G (154)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 3:58 pm
noted, thanks

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:01 pm
noted what a terrible situation!!!!! ty Cal

elderberry C (47)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:26 pm
I would not want to live under USA dictatorship Regime.....another load of trollop trotting out the superiority of usa ..may I say anyone who believes usa is democratic deserves the dreadful people in power now & good luck you'll need plenty of it. This is pure MSM total brainwash.

elderberry C (47)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:27 pm
BTW where is the Justice in usa.....i.e.40yrs in solitary is that it????????

elderberry C (47)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:30 pm
Oh I forgot to add the funding/arming/recruiting of Al-Qaeda cannibals thru out Middle East.....very democratic!!!

Robyn Vorsa (4)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 5:01 pm
What people fail to understand about the Middle East is that they were the flower of civilization back in the eight century. Back then they were a powerful and advanced culture where Muslims, Jews and Christians resided together in relative peace while the Western world was still quite primitive.
But there were upheavals in the Western world which brought about massive changes. Wars, plague, political upheavals, they all served to drive progress. The Middle East has never gone through a Reformation or a Restoration, they are a society still locked into medieval culture.
We see the horrific things that are happening in parts of the Middle East with a mixture of horror, disgust and scorn without realizing why it is the way it is.
The Arab Spring was supposed to bring about change but unfortunately it seems to have stalled.
It took centuries and a deadly plague to end serfdom Europe and England. It took centuries to bring about equality and democracy and to end the absolute rule of monarchy. Why do we think that massive change is going to happen in the Middle East overnight?
It will happen eventually as more and more people grow restless under the oppression that they are forced to endure, but it won't happen immediately, but it will happen.

Lindsey O (19)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 7:27 pm
I don't think the rule of law breeds democracy - many undemocratic nations have had strict and unyieldingly enforced laws. We may not approve of many of those nations' laws in part, but they are laws.

And Elderberry? You may not wish to live in the U.S., but many, many people do. In fact a really substantial number of people are pretty desperate to cross our borders (both legally and illegally) - and once here many are willing to go through hoops to remain. Some nations try to prevent their own people from leaving, making one wonder about the desirability of living there. Others (like the U.S.) have to try hard to prevent too many people from coming here, making one think there's something right enough about the U.S. that it's a desirable immigration destination.

Beth S (330)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 9:20 pm
These are well-taken points John S. and Lindsey.

In places like Saudi Arabia, where the government maintains a rather firm grip on the rule of law and justice, it is largely the justice of Sharia, and this virtually the polar opposite of "democracy."

As with the Berlin wall, it was a wall to prevent German citizens trapped on the Communist side of East Germany to flee en masse to the democratic West German side. There was no absence of the rule of law in Communist East Germany, nor was there democracy.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 4:14 am
Interesting but really really biased. You do realize that every time the term "Arab World" is used you can insert USA and it fits just like a glove. And when some of you go off about Islam and Islamic Sharia I would suggest that you look to the Deep Red States particularly in the the Old Confederacy with their Christian Sharia against contraception, abortion, LGBT rights, voter suppresion laws, and on and on and on.

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 4:42 am

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 5:51 am
is not it interesting, Elderberry, how many comments on something people particularly do not and can not understand and then turns the poor remainders of reality completely on the head, distort, drags in the mud and presents as the divine truth ?

Who of you have ever lived in an so called 'Arab' country ?

The real Arab countries are the ones on the so called axis of evil list as Syria and The Iran or Lebanon or already erradicated by the ZioNaZi' gangbang such as Mali, Libya and Iraq.

Problem only, the real axis of evil consists of the unholy merger of the camouflaged Zionism: Saudi Arabia including the cling-on states in the Gulf, then we have the failed state of the Corporation of America - namely the USSA and their terror headquater, ZioNaZi' IsraHell - and THIS empire of arrogance to determine who's next to destabilize and then destroy.

Articles like this are the prime tool to incite public opinion and so to agree upon wars

Lindsey O (19)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 6:19 am
Parsifal, Iran and Mali aren't "Arab" countries. Mali is predominately black sub-Saharan African in population (various tribes) and Iran is predominately Persian (with only a very small Arab population and the main language is Farsi, not Arabic). And neither belong to the Arab League. There are numerous majority-Muslim nations which aren't Arab.

Malgorzata Z (198)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 11:49 am

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 12:26 pm
you faiI Lindsey, but this is no surprise

Lindsey O (19)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:34 pm
Why thank you, Parsifal. A failure in your eyes is likely to be quite a success in mine.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 3:14 pm
Thanks for the article, Cal.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:12 am
Justice without mercy is not justice.
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