What the Middle East Really Needs

The West likes to say it stands with the Egyptians and the Syrians and so forth in their “fight for democracy.”

The conventional wisdom which says the Middle East needs more “democracy” is, like a lot of conventional wisdom, nothing but nonsense.

Democracy is not freedom.

What the 380 million Arabs need are property rights, not the right to cast a useless ballot every four or so years. If America and Europe insisted on only this, it would make millions of Arabs who hate us today love us overnight.

Read more at Taki’s Magazine

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