The current turmoil amongst the people of the Middle East, with worse to come, is a stark reminder that copying European political ideology needs time to realise if at all. Even if Democracy was the aim, it is not a catch-all phrase nor is it an ideology for all seasons. It is a European body of ideas that developed in line with Freedom and individualism propagated by organic growth. A culmination of European intellectual minds, concentrating on Liberty and Rights of the individual gradually, over two or three centuries, that eventually was to catapult Europe into the modern era. For all its shortcomings, democracy today is the best Constitution based ideology for self-government.
Since Democracy is the aim to achieve in The Middle East, The Arab Countries and Islam it is essential to use the same road map. A jump to Modernity ex nihilo is impossible if we take Egypt today as a paradigm. We need to consider that Middle Eastern form of mind is different than that of European in the sense of historical, cultural and heritage influences that go a long way in evaluating one's priorities. After all, some people need to be guided, unlike the Europeans, they want their mind made up for them. Self-government may not be the solution, but tyrannical or despotic rule instead may be the most appropriate. They should choose to what suit best their mentality and religion; learn if possible to contain it, finally to iron out its contradictions and arbitrariness. That is a tall order but so was the road to democracy.
Here is an extended quotation, an extract from Arthur James Balfour made in a speech in the House of Commons on June 13, 1910. “First of all, look at the facts of the case. Western nations as soon as they emerge into history show the beginnings of those capacities for self-government [...]having merits of their own[…]You may look through the whole history of the Orientals in what is called broadly speaking, the East, and you never find traces of self-governments. All their great centuries – and they have been great – have been passed under despotisms, under absolute government. All their great contributions to civilisation – and they have been great – have been made under that form of government. Conqueror has succeeded conqueror; one domination has followed another; but never in all the revolutions of fate and fortune have you seen one of those nations of its motion establish what we, from a Western point of view, call self-government.” This outlook is well worth thinking about instead of trying to go against what is natural.