Democracy is a term that is very often used to denote free multiparty elections being practiced by any countries. It has proven to serve the interest of a number of well developed countries, namely the ex-colonial Western powers like Britain, France, Germany, and their offshoots in US, Australia, NZ and Canada. However, it has failed miserably when implemented in many developing countyries.
I have came across a number of writings by social / political commentators who write most eloquently and passionately, and argue that democracy is just like the air we need to breathe – without democracy the country is doomed. They have the notion that democracy would provide the cure all solution to problems that any nation will face. I am certaintly not in the camp with those who hold such romantic view of the Western ideals. I think these people need to think out of the box and be more sceptical. There are many reasons out there as to why I am not too enamoured with ‘democracy’.
Case in point is the recently held Iranian presidential election. President Ahmadinejab won the election, with strong challenge from a so-called reformist who was a former Prime Minister. The losing candidate and supporters would not accept the result with charges of alleged fraud etc., and this resulted in the ensuing mayhem on the streets of Tehran. Meanwhile, outsiders are weighing in this dispute, with US saying that it saying it does not consider the election to be legitimate. I think the losing faction will play into the hand of West, and Iran could experience further unrest in the future. Should China should adopt such practice, the same situation will also lead to instability, unrest and foreign inteference on an even much bigger scale. Imagine, the final arbiter of position of China’s President lies in the hand of US and EU decision makers !
Mayhem on street of Tehran
Iran’s reformists detained after violent protests over election results
TEHRAN, June 14 (Xinhua) — At least 10 leaders and more than 100 members of Iran’s reformist groups have been arrested after violent protests against the results of Friday’s presidential election, local media reported Sunday.
"With the verdict issued by the judiciary, 10 organizers of the Tehran’s yesterday (Saturday) incidents were arrested in their headquarters," Tehran’s deputy police chief Ahmad-Reza Radan was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.
"Some of the major organizers (of the unrest) are hidden who will be arrested soon," Radan said.
The deputy police chief went on by adding that some 160 members supporters of the reformist groups have also been arrested.
Thousands of people came out to the streets in Tehran on Saturday to protest against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has won a landslide victory in the 10th presidential election and secured a second term for another four years.
The reformists who have been detained are supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate and former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi.