The Great Middle Eastern Convergence: Semi-Democratic Semi-Islamic Republics

The Great Middle Eastern Convergence: Semi-Democratic Semi-Islamic Republics
by Shazde Asdola Mirza

Only a blind man in sunglasses can’t see the Great Convergence that’s happening all over the Middle East.

No, it is not towards monarchy, with all the bells and whistles of kings and queens in funny costumes.

No, it is not about more dictatorial military regimes with “decorated” colonels pretending to be generals.

No, it is not going the way of secular and liberal democracy of Western Europe or North America.

Drumroll … Drumroll … Drumroll …

It is trending in the direction of Semi-Democratic Semi-Islamic Republics!

1.       Republic form of government has replaced and will replace (at least in appearance) all the other forms of Middle Eastern regimes;

2.       Those republics are not smart, educated and intelligent enough to be able to even simulate the liberal democracy of the West;

3.       All of them are and will be influenced by Islam, through the popular vote of Muslim masses.

If the Mid East people are lucky: they will have many more Turkeys … otherwise, watch for a whole lot of failed and semi-failed Islamist states.


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