Help me understand democracy!

What is it with people paying tributes to countries with blood in their hands? Such countries are also deemed democratic and hold the torch of peace across the world. Ironic? Maybe. Tragic? Indeed…

Is the international community aware of the war crimes the “democratic” countries have committed against civilian people in WWI and WWII? That was long time ago? What about the lie of “Liberation War” that the US created to invade Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 with help of the allies? These invasions have left thousands of innocent people dead with thousands of bereaved brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers, not to mention the havoc that needs other tens of years of rebuilding.

Western countries convene conferences lecturing on treatment of prisoners. What about Guantanamo Bay? Abu Ghraib prison? Part of your liberation plan?

According to a documentary called “The Invisible War,” an estimated number of 500,000 women have been sexually assaulted in the US military since women were first allowed to enter the armed forces in the 1940s. Not enough? In WWII alone the Red Army and the US Army have committed the second greatest mass rape in history against women in Germany*. According to a testimony given in the United States Senate on July 17, 1945, when the colonial French troops under Eisenhower’s command, presumably mostly Africans, entered the German city of Stuttgart, they herded German women into the subways and raped some two thousands of them.

Every time I watch a statement made by any Western official regarding any Middle Eastern cause, the same sentence keeps occurring about creating democracy in the region with questions about the future of democracy in presence of some “Islamic” groups. Myself, I question the presence of democracy in any place on earth and whether we, people, have our contribution to the new world’s order? Are we allowed? Or is it also subject to some balance of forces and interests?

While some insist on considering the West as democratic, I have my own suspicions about the concept of democracy, the meaning of democracy, the application of democracy. In fact, I have been hearing this word for 26 years and until this moment I have no idea what does it mean!

*The greatest mass rape was committed by The Mongols against women in Iraq and Syria in the 13th century.

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