Many governments in the Middle East and Central Asia have created authoritarian regimes under ‘national unity’ slogans by strengthening security forces and providing lucrative state businesses to clan members. These government jobs or privileges have led societies divided to corrupted ‘loyalists’ making big profits and impoverished people.
While these governments received foreign aids from western governments, ‘misleading’ reforms have not actually benefited population. Some young people graduating from universities have to bribe government officials to get a job, and then these youth have to collect bribes for providing services to get return on their ‘investment’. Many unemployed college graduates get recruited by extremist groups for their brains and deliver their messages to ‘governments’.
Democracy promotion in corrupted regimes became like “double-edged sword”. On the one hand, democracy has become more affiliated to social liberalism, and dictators use this to appoint their own people to unions, foundations, cultural promotion and other ‘human social issues’ organizations to raise funds from private companies and individuals for building their own legacy and heritage. On the other hand, liberal conservatism was demoted for carrying values associated with traditionalism, religiousness, individualism and not appropriate where global issues exist.
Parliament as a representative government branch has lost its power among people living in authoritarian regimes due to falsified elections, and nations getting used to having one leader whose power is limitless. Parliamentary elections became like ‘fund raising events’ as extension of bribery activities, and election observers try monitor and find some improvements from previous ones. Only a parliament elected by people can pass laws to have ‘check and balances’ in a society.
As a result, many government supporting state and ‘private’ industries lack efficiency for not having free market environment and providing fraudulently set-up ‘social benefits’ as part of money laundering scheme. When the World Bank and IMF ask these governments for complicated monetary policy and economic reforms to provide more aid, they do not ask for accountability and transparency for governments’ backstage dealings. These kinds of governments’ budgets get empty faster due to support value of their currency and government jobs for inefficient bureaucracy.
Illegal immigration to the western countries from the Middle East is due to harsh economic life of many people in that region. While the United States and other developed countries complain about burden of immigrants on their national budgets, their ‘allies’ brutal policies and abuse against their citizens create artificial migration for better life.
In addition to economic hardships, police brutality against common people lead to uprisings in despotic regimes. When police humiliates country’s working class people, they would stand behind youth revolts to get back their dignity and self-respect.
Economic frustrations, like higher price for fuel affecting cost of many other basic needs, worsens situation when cutting subsidies to strategic economic resources, raising rates to prevent inflation escalates people’s hate against corrupt regimes leading to physical struggle and survival. Expanding gap between ‘loyalists’ who enrich themselves by paying big bribes to hierarchy and common people surviving on day-to-day basis may lead to similar revolutions like French revolution in 18th century and Bolshevik revolution in 1917, when many innocent people got tortured and executed as well.
When the King of Jordan can dismiss the Prime Minister, it means there is not a constitutional monarchy in this country. Only parliament members in open societies can change Prime Minister. If we compare Jordan’s Prime Minister’s fate to Stolypin’s fate under Russian tsar Nicholas II, his fate is well known too. Instead of empowering the parliament to represent people in carrying required reforms, sacking Mr. Rifai sets a bad example when importance of civil interactivity is replaced by emotions dictating the result for short-term solutions.
Palestinian government’s use of force to disperse supporters of people of Egypt against Mubarak regime has shown hypocrisy and ambiguity nature for government’s legitimacy. If Palestinian government suppresses its people’s will to be on good side of some dictators, this kind of ‘government’ does not deserve people’s patience.
As domino’s effect lasts in the world, above listed factors would not disappear by a magic wand. All human abusing ‘governments’ and their tyrants will be haunted, as ghosts of human tragedies will take back their ‘dreams’ stolen from them and tyrants’ nightmare will be their extermination .