"It’s not that Egypt doesn’t have a recipe for a democratic transition. It seems to lack even the basic mental ingredients."
- New York Times columnist David Brooks on Egyptians supposed mental deficiencies.
Yes, David Brooks has done it again - written a monstrously offensive column disguised as enlightened, civilized discourse. In a completely pointless piece designed to perpetuate the myth that extremist Islam alone is screwing up the Middle East (as opposed to decades of exploitative Western foreign policy including the propping up of dictators, invasion, and the theft of natural resources), Brooks argues that Egyptians are not mentally capable of sustaining a democracy.
It has become clear — in Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Gaza and elsewhere — that radical Islamists are incapable of running a modern government. Many have absolutist, apocalyptic mind-sets. They have a strange fascination with a culture of death. “Dying for the sake of God is more sublime than anything,”declared one speaker at a pro-Morsi rally in Cairo on Tuesday.
Thanks Dave, it's really helpful of you to point that out. I have a suggestion for your next column: "Germans mentally incapable of having democracy in 1933". You see, Germans decided it would be better to have a volatile society where extreme political parties gained popularity and committed mass genocide. There's no need to explain that their a crushing loan repayment plan and collapse of the global banking system turned the economy to shit and paved the way for the Nazis to take over. That's all hearsay anyway. The true cause was their genetic inability to comprehend democracy.