but that could be due more to the fact that they really have not had a lot of democratic opportunities in that region…[/quote]
and when exactly was the last time americans had true democracy? the time they voted for one president and got another? or the many times their presidents waged war without the approval of congress?
the only way to get democracy in the middle east is through creating a nation based completely on Islam, something that does not exist anywhere in the world at the moment.
[i]“Thus it follows that, in order to satisfy the requirements of Islamic law, the leadership of the state must be of an elective nature; consequently, an assumption of governmental power through non-elective means of any description whatsoever becomes automatically, even though the person or persons concerned be Muslims, as illegal as an imposition of power by conquest from outside the Muslim community.” (p.36)
“(The Qur`anic ordinance, [/i]amruhum shura baynahum, the believers’ affairs are to be run by mutual consultation among themselves) must be regarded as the fundamental operative clause of all Islamic thought relating to statecraft. It is so comprehensive that it reaches out into almost every department of political life, and it is so self-expressive and unequivocal that no attempt at arbitrary interpretation can change its purpose. The word amr, in this injunction refers to all affairs of a communal nature and therefore also to the manner in which the government of an Islamic state is to be established: that is, to the elective principle underlying all governmental authority. Beyond that, the phrase amruhum shura baynahum[i] - literally, “their communal business is consultation among themselves” - makes the transaction of all political business not only consequent upon, but synonymous with, consultation: which means that the legislative powers of the state must be vested in an assembly chosen by the community specifically for this purpose.”
"It is evident from the context that the expression “among themselves” in the Qur`anic ordinance under consideration refers to the whole community: hence, the legislative assembly - or, to use a term well known throughout Muslim history, the [/i]majlis ash-shura - must be truly representative of the entire community, both men and women. Such a representative character can be achieved only through free and general elections: therefore, the members of the majlis must be elected by means of the widest possible suffrage, including both men and women." (pg 44-45)
- Muhammad Asad, “State and Government in Islam”