Saturday, February 4, 2012
Royal News Roundup
Finally, I wanted to say a few words about something not directly royal-related in the news this week but I think it is at least indirectly related and that is the election returns in Egypt. The two biggest winners were the Muslim Brotherhood (who are seen as being pretty bad in the non-Islamic world) and the Salafis (who are seen as being even worse in the non-Islamic world). Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis seem to want the same thing, the Salafis are just more blatant about wanting to use jihad to get it. Personally, I dislike this turn of events as I would have disliked any outcome other than a restoration of the Kingdom of Egypt. What prompted me to address this subject though is the reaction of so many in the media that, even now, democracy is still the answer, democracy is the cure-all and the way to stop these sorts of groups from gaining power is more democracy. Well, pardon me as I scoff, but isn’t it democracy that just now brought these groups to power? It amazes me that even those people who view the MB and the Salafis as evil can see them use the democratic process to gain power and still remain adamant that more democratic republics will solve the problem. Moreover, things look to be going in the same direction in Libya, Tunisia and other countries. I will not stop saying it because it remains true: monarchy is the answer. Like most religions, Islam endorses monarchy and leaves no room for republicanism. A monarch would also provide a check against extreme elements that would harm others and bring harm on themselves as a consequence. Instead of starting from scratch, when the illegal and illegitimate republican regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt fell these countries should have reverted to their former monarchies and then gone from there in addressing what changes needed to be made. More republics will only make things worse, not better and comparing the monarchies and the republics of the Islamic world should leave no room for doubt as to which is the preferable system.