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Huanqui, People's Republic of China

Qaddafi's Demise May Mark New Global Democratic Era


Could the brutal toppling of Muammar Qaddafi usher in a new surge of democracy in the Middle East and around the world? According to this editorial from China's state-run Huanqui, these new democracies may or may not involve 'one man - one vote' elections, and are likely to be quite a departure from what we in the West consider 'democratic.'




Translated By David Chen


October 21, 2011


People's Republic of China - Huanqui - Original Article (Chinese)

The corpse of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi, beaten up, shot at and looking much the worse for wear, is now splayed out on the floor of a refrigerated meat locker, the object of scorn and ridicule by the very people he claimed loved him, Oct. 21.


SKY TV VIDEO: The ignominious, brutal and graphic final moments of the life of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi, one-time dictator of Libya, Oct. 21, 00:03:29RealVideo

News today of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's killing sent ripple effects around the world. His death is being generally perceived as a sign that strongman rule in the Middle East is over. From Saddam to Mubarak and now Qaddafi, all were soldiers who became decades-long national rulers. Their tragic fates will now precipitate a shift in the paradigm of power and reconstruction in the wider region.


Democracy will be more widely considered a "world trend," but because of the deficiencies of democratization, twists, turns and chaos on the road to restructuring will be difficult for the Middle East to avoid. And at the same time, the worship of democracy is now in retreat around the world, the enthusiasm having been gradually replaced by acute and complicated reflection.


The puzzling, suspicion and discontent over political systems that has spread across the world has been compounded by recession, along with the political-difficulty of adapting to globalization. Whether in developed Western nations or emerging countries, the public wants the most "superior" system possible, even if that necessitates temporary inefficiencies and weaknesses.


In fact, there is a semblance of similarity between the "Occupy Wall Street" campaign and the "Arab Spring uprisings," which is something that would have been unimaginable even a few months ago.


Qaddafi and Mubarak may have left the political arena in different ways, but their fate as individuals is very similar. Egypt didn't experience civil war, but the political chaos that ensued after the revolution has yet to subside. The situation in the Middle East reflects a general confusion. Will the "pursuit of democracy" lead to an ultra-nationalist or fundamentalist fork in the road? There are certainly many doubts about its future.


The recession in the West has been further highlighted by street protests, which will make its claim as the leading global political model more difficult. Questioning the myths of the Western system has already emerged in Africa and some Asian countries. Now with the West's internal controversies, more doubts will arise.


From the end of the Cold War until yesterday when Qaddafi was killed, democracy has been considered a "good thing" and an "unstoppable trend." But questions remain about what the true meaning of democracy is and whether "one man - one vote" elections will bring the same results in different countries. It will take years more human experience before a realization emerges.


For a long time it was thought that "one man one vote" was the only vital characteristic of a democratic system. But in many countries the social consequences of such elections were, if not tyrannical, certainly they weren't democratic. This format brought results similar to those found under authoritarian rule.     



The purpose of democracy is not to be an object of worship, but to produce real effects. It must promote tolerance and facilitate social progress.



There is no reason, despite its past achievements, for democracy to stop evolving and developing only to become rigid, fundamentalist and absolute. It must be adapted to the reality of different countries and create new channels through which the public and those in power can communicate.


In the Internet era, no government can pretend to be doing the will of the people in complete isolation. The greater its interaction with the public is, the more successful and more democratically evolved a government will be. Elections themselves are not the only thing democracy has to offer. Governments should be assessed by the services they provide to its people so they can receive the public's approval.


"Strongman rule" is not only coming to an end in the Middle East, but throughout the world. Nations will pursue their own forms of democracy and seek to avoid its defects and maximize its benefits within their own institutional structures.


All of this may usher in a new chapter of governance for global society.


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Daily Mail, U.K.: A Widow's Fury at 'Mob Execution'
Global Times, China: Why a Libyan Cease-Fire is in the Interests of All Sides
Huanqiu, China: Libya Epitomizes the Fate of Weak Nations
DNA, France: Confronting a Distant and Uncertain Result in Libya
El Pais, Spain: The Neocons Flummoxed: Libya, Kosovo and Iraq
Folha, Brazil: Libya is a Lose-Lose for Both Imperialists and Humanitarians
Frontier Post, Pakistan: Libya Regime Change No Business of 'Western Adventurists'
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DNA, France: Libya Demonstrates Fiction of the 'International Community'
L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: As Revolts Rage, Anti-Christian Extremism Reappears
The Herald, Zimbabwe: African Union Backs Qaddafi to Prevent 'Western Influence'
Kayhan, Iran: Ahmadinejad Predicts Uprisings in America and Europe
Daily Star, Lebanon: 'Better Late than Never': U.N. Approves Libya Action
Debka File, Israel: Coalition Shows Cracks as Qaddafi Digs in for Guerrilla War
Die Presse, Austria: Gates Speaks the Truth: U.S. Can't Afford More Invasions
FTD, Germany: Impose 'No Fly Zone' on Qaddafi's Oil Millions
Semana, Colombia: Egypt's Imaginary Revolution
L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: When Tyrants Tremble; and U.S. Allies Sweat
Vedomosti, Russia: Muslim Uprisings Spell End of 'Our Sons of Bitches'
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DNA, France: An Unhesitant Salute to Egypt's Uncertain Triumph of Liberty
FAZ, Germany: Explaining the West's Hesitation on Egypt
Kayhan, Iran: Ahmadinejad: Egypt Revolution Reveals Hand of the 'Mahdi'
Jerusalem Post, Israel: Sharansky: 'Maybe its Time to Put Our Trust in Freedom'
Le Quotidian d'Oran, Algeria: SHAME ON YOU, MR. OBAMA!
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland : America's Egyptian Problem: Ethics or Realpolitik?
Amal al-Oumma, Egypt: What We Egyptians Have Learned from Revolution
O Globo, Brazil: Facebook and Twitter are Just a Means to a Greater End
La Jornada, Mexico: In Egypt, Washington's Global Image is Once Again at Stake
Al-Wahdawi, Yemen: In Egypt, the 'Mother of All Battles' is Still to Come
Al-Seyassah, Kuwait: U.S. Pressure on Democracy is at Root of the Problem
Tehran Times, Iran: Egyptians and All Arabs Must Beware of 'Global Ruling Class'
Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria: Mubarak, Friends Scheme to Short-Circuit Revolt
Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria: U.S. Must Act or Cede Egypt to the Islamists
Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany: America's' 'Shameful' Faustian Bargain Unravels
Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Mubarak Regime 'Still Very Much in Power'
Hankyoreh, South Korea: Egypt: Will U.S. Pick the Right Side this Time?
Global Times, China: Egypt, Tunisia Raise Doubts About Western Democracy
Kayhan, Iran: Middle East Revolutions Herald America's Demise
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The Telegraph, U.K.: America's Secret Backing for Egypt's Rebel Leaders
Debka File, Israel: Sources: Egypt Uprising Planned in Washington Under Bush


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