Sunday, January 11, 2009

Democracy is coming to the USA...

I am feeling extremely disillusioned about democracy in the shadow of the incomprehensible suffering in the Gazza Strip. Though neither of the sides can be called democratic, -Israel is not secular, and Hamas has only won an election, which is just one tiny component of democracy to make it a democratic government- the workings of democracy play an important role in the escalation. There are elections in Israel, which promotes populist, yet short sighted and cruel display of military power. On the other side a religious terrorist organization who fires rockets at will, won the elections riding on the resentment towards the peace-seeking, yet corrupt government. On the other side of the Atlantic, the country whose political system is the most democratic on the world is staying silent.

Yesterday in the subway, I found an answer to my disillusion, in the words of Leonard Cohen. I shouldn't have assumed that Democracy had already arrived in any part of the world. Not even USA:

Democracy is coming to USA,
Its coming from the feel,
That this ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there..

Here is the video, do listen and reflect on the lyrics.


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