Promoting Democracy In The Middle East

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I negate the resolution U.S efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East are desirable.
The value that I hold in this round is autonomy. Autonomy is defined as the power or right of a country or region to govern itself. When practicing autonomy it serves as a model for the people whose interests are reflected in the principles of government. The criterion held in this round is individualism. The Middle East should be allowed to follow by their own government. Political individualism is purely concerned with protecting a country’s autonomy. The U.S does not need to force their government upon the Middle East.

CONTENTION I: Democracy will not succeed in the Middle East
Some nations of peoples simply can’t handle democracy. They are not ready for it. Some never will be. The big idea that we, the US, can spread democracy throughout the world has proven to be America's bite too big to chew and too big to swallow. You would think that after failures in the Middle East, notably, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt, the US would recognize the utter uselessness of establishing an American style representative republic in any of those lands where Islamists hold sway.
A. Our definition of democracy isn’t equal to the Middle East’s
We all have these wonderful definitions of freedom and democracy being these great things that mean that we are actually involved and play a role in our government, but freedom can be scary and dangerous. Even here in the land of the free, America, where a sizable portion of the people’s ancestors had freedom handed to them one hundred and fifty years ago, have yet to learn how to handle it. A century and a half later they still require help from the government that freed them. Being free is not easy.
The Middle East definition of freedom is quite different from our definition. They have found their freedom within the confines of Shariah Law. True freedom, such as we enjoy in America, cannot exist in a state in which it must compete with Shariah Law. If you doubt that, look at Egypt today. It is full of religious passion, hate, lust for power, absolute, and control. Imad Eddine Adeeb, an Egyptian columnist, in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat has said: 'We lack the culture of democracy, and our institutions are still outdated, corrupt and decaying, operating with the same old administrative structures and tattered values and moral codes, all of which have nothing to do with democracy.'
There are considered to be fourteen countries in the Middle East. Only two of those...

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