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The concept of democracy originated with the Greek philosophers, championed by Aristotle. He saw rule by “the many” as the best form of government, but he was also fearful of mob rule. Plato was even more fearful of the excesses of democracies. There are those who see the Wall Street protestors as mob rule, but such protests in America are trivial compared to what is happening in the Middle East.

There is a democratic revolution that started in Iran, when the Ayatollah Khomeini replaced the Shah in the late 70s. In the past decade, it spread to the Palestinians. Picking up pace in the last year, this democratic revolution has swept out Gaddafi in Libya, Mubarak in Egypt, and now it seems certain to topple Assad in Syria as well.

For us, in the United States, we have historically supported democratic revolutions. We believe democratic rule is always superior to that of a dictator. It is hardwired into our DNA. But what we have failed to do is take into consideration the downside of democracy. In our own Revolution, our Founding Fathers sought freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. Their aspirations were honorable and noble, and our goal was for our model to be a light to the world. Although we have made many mistakes along the way, our aspirations have always remained noble.

But that’s not the case with the democratic revolution in the Middle East. The people believe that God—Allah—is with them. Part of their belief is that the United States is Satan, and we must be destroyed. This means their democratic revolution is not in our best interest.

Even worse, according to this belief system, Israel has no right to exist at all. When Mubarak fell, Egypt ceased to be a peaceful neighbor for Israel, which means Israel is now completely surrounded by hostile neighbors. To make matters worse, the Obama administration favors the Palestinians over the Israelis, which effectively deprives the Jews of their most powerful and trusted ally—the United States.

The situation is a powder keg ready to explode because the Iranians are within months of having nuclear weapons, which they have hinted they intend to use. Traditionally, Middle Eastern countries have fought among themselves, but that’s changing. Persians, Egyptians, and Arabs are all coming together to fight their common enemy once again—Israel.

In the United States, because of our inability to differentiate between good democracies and bad democracies—like Plato and Aristotle did—we cannot discern the signs of the times accurately. Consequently, we have helped undermine dictators who were ruthless but kept the peace in favor of democratic upheavals led by militant Muslim Jihadists. In essence, our belief system has worked against us—with potential catastrophic implications.

The bottom line is this: we have helped undermine Israel, which is definitely not in the best interest of the United States.

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