It may have come as a surprise to most of us that nearly 90%+ of the Islamic world is non democratic in nature. In fact there are dictators ruling from nearly 42 years like Col Gaddafi in Libya. How has this happened and why have the population in these countries not revolted till date. Already it seems some of the uprisings seem to have lost steam like in Algeria and Baharin.
Most of the political pundits are of the opinion that it is because of oil in most of these countries which is the cause of creation of so many dictators .Allthe fingers are pointed towards the Western world especially the United States of America. It considerably suites USA to have regime after regime under its control so that the supplies of oil is ensured to itself and the allied countries.
Most of these arrangements have been put into place since end of World War II and the decade that followed. In fact even before WW II a whole country was created and literally handed over to the King after whom it is named ie Saudi Arabia. Its security is guaranteed by the Americans and the country has the largest oil reserves in the world. America has always preffered dictators in countries where it has stragetic interests as it is easy to deal with them and they in turn ruthlessly control the native populations,ensuring their longevity in power.
It is therefore very interesting to note the noise that America is now making almost everyday by siding with the emerging democratic forces in Egypt, Tuinisia, Baharin and now LIbya. Is it building bridges with these new leaders with a view to later on "controlling" them and converting them into dictators. After all which dictator has not captured power promising a return to democracy in the next few days .Is'nt it a paradox that Americans should enjoy fruits of democracy in their own country but in turn they should prefer dictators in oil rich countries.
The Islamic countries by and large are small and thus are not individually able to resist Super Powers. However all of them can come together and form a viable bloc and thus be able to resist better. But for this they will have to have the common thread of democracy running through them which will act as a check upon their conduct and arrest any deviations in policy executions.
The coming few months will indicate which way the tide will flow. We have to wait and watch.