Wednesday, August 28, 2002

The leaders of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia are opposed to an American-led attack on Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein and establish a democracy. Egyptian and Saudi Arabian leaders oppose democracy in the Middle East and among Arabs, because they know their days in power are numbered once the Arabs in their countries see other Arabs living in freedom.

President Mubarak of Egypt WARNED of intense Arab anger if Iraq is attacked before peace is reached between Israelis and Palestinians. Mubarak told students in Alexandria, Egypt, “If you strike Iraq, and kill the people of Iraq while Palestinians are being killed by Israel…not one Arab leader will be able to control the angry outburst of the masses.”

Mubarak knows there is no chance of peace between Israelis and Palestinians anytime soon, unless Arab despots who fund and give refuge to Palestinian terrorists are knocked over. But if unelected Arab dictators are deposed, he’ll be out of a job or even dead, so he can’t have any part of this freedom nonsense.

Mubarak adds, “I don’t think there is one Arab state that wants a strike on Iraq, not Kuwait, not Saudi Arabia, not any other state,” he said, adding that a military intervention in Iraq could lead to “chaos across the region.”

Mubarak is correct. Not one Arab state wants a strike on Iraq, because not one Arab state is a democracy. An Arab democracy in Iraq would not be good for the status quo of oppression, terrorism, and thievery.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, SAID in an interview that it would be unwise for the international community to try to force Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and install its own replacement. Notice how the foreign minister cannot comprehend democracy. America and its allies would not “install its own replacement,” but allow the Iraqi people to choose their own leaders.

Prince Saud al-Faisal said that it was up to the Iraqi people to oust Saddam and it was “gullible of people to think they knew better than the Iraqis what would be best for their country.” I never thought of myself as gullible for thinking that the Iraqi people wouldn’t want to live under a dictator who murders, tortures, starves, and oppresses his people on a daily basis. What’s gullible is thinking that the Iraqi people actually want to live under Saddam Hussein.

The prince said, "Whether Saddam Hussein remains or is removed from power is up to the Iraqi people. It has never been shown in history...that anybody removed from the outside and another person put in instead has made for the stability of the region." The last thing the Middle East needs right now is stability. “Stability” in the Middle East has brought us a region full of dictators, terrorists, wars, corruption, oil cartels, and perverted religion. If this is what I get from “stability,” I’ll take instability, which is the Arab code word for democracy.

These people are not our friends.