May 23, 2006, - 1:52 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
As we’ve noted, Oprah Winfrey declared Kuwait “the only democracy in the Middle East,” last year. Actually, HOprah, that title is held by Israel. Kuwait is NOT a democracy.
In April, the mainstream media throughout America, also declared Kuwait a democracy, hailing its recent elections because hijab-encrusted women were allowed to vote. But, as we noted, the unelected Emir of Kuwait–from its royal Al Sabah family–really runs the show. We said the elections were phony and that the Emir could invalidate them and uproot those elected, at any time.
And it’s yet another correct prediction of DebbieSchlussel.com. On Sunday, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah dissolved the “elected” Kuwaiti parliament and called for new elections. He didn’t like the parlaiment’s ideas for electoral reform. So he did what any dictator in a NON-democracy does. He yanked them out.
So, now, we have a new definition of Islamic democracy in the Middle East. I used to think it meant one man, one vote, ONCE. But Sheikh Al Sabah proved me wrong. His new definition is one man, one vote, every time the dictator wants a new result. The Kuwaiti parliament has been dissolved at least four times now, with previous dissolutions in 1976, 1986 and 1999.
We’re still waiting for a HOprah correction. But not holding our breath.
Either way, the Kuwaiti parliament is populated by ever-increasing extremists who hate America, so the contest between the Kuwaiti Emir and his “democratic” parliament is like “Alien vs. Predator.” We just wish they could both lose.
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