America is the largest and the most number one fighter of democracy in the world. Democracy is deeply ingrained into state of mind of its people. In the common sight in American streets to see civilian protesters that warn their government to take any action toward country considered take another vast with the American foreign policy. The sought of protester about democracy regarded by the American government as the voice of its people in order to secure their behalf in other parts of the world. Action taken in order to control every parts of the world an encouraging democracy to another country especially in third world country are state of expertise of American government. Creating turmoil in a state which he considers as satanic empire because of their different words and ambition with the vast of American policy which of course bring no any benefit for the American people. What is the root of the obsession of American government to persuade every sovereign country in the world to apply democracy in their way of governing?
If there is an icon of democracy, it must be the US with his energetic president standing in a podium addressing his speech to the world strenuously. In the recent turmoil of middle east, the consecutive protest in Egypt and Tunisia that respectively overthrow their president have taken most of the world attention. These put aside of any other recent important event in other parts of the world. The wave of protest sweeping the Middle East indeed influences others part of the world to imitate it at least or indeed adopt it to do the same thing for gaining the better life. May be that is the democracy wanted by the American people – turmoil in every parts of the world so they can still sit in the chair of world control. Yet, every day the white house release its state address either they support the protest and condemn the regime or condemn the protesters aroused by the hated opposition of American government. With his power of media control they suppress other countries; the American can control the opinion of the world to discredit his enemy as the infidel.
This kind of double standard foreign policy in the end creates the American as a lord needed to be served by other regime in terms of persuading the American for avoiding condemnation upon them the as the infidel. This attitude bring the autocratic government rely on the back of American policy become popular in the third world country. Along with this attitude most of the country live in the shadow of American government is governed in mixing of the general election – democratic way – and authoritarianism namely a quasi democratic country.
There are so many cases of the failure of quasi democratic country of which at the end fallen and humiliated by its people. in our country, Indonesia a long regime of Suharto sustained by the American government through soft loan which let the American multinational company thirstily sucking Indonesian natural resources. The loan given to the regime beside is mostly corrupted by the regime and just little piece given to Indonesian people through direct subsidies to hide to Indonesian about their wealthy are robbed by the American Multinational company. Otherwise in other hand military embargo of American upon Indonesian military just a pretending attitude upon his support for the corrupt regime. If they are the warrior of democracy, whether they consider a manipulated general election in Indonesia as the normal way of democracy and indeed most of American president during the Orde Baru regime proud of success of Indonesian government running a democratic country. However during the multitude of consecutive protest of Indonesian student in 1998, the American precisely condemn the long term of Suharto regime rules Indonesia. Whereas at that time, Indonesia were fighting with the extremist in Papua and East Timor which want to secede from the republic of Indonesia and American government was allegedly charged backing the separatists.
Moreover in the latest event, revolution in the Middle East is also taking most of American energy. The regime of Mubarrak who was the great ally of American in the region was overthrown by Egypt people power. Although at the first of the protest American through its white house spokesman, Robert Gibbs condemned the protest which they charged as the movement of terrorism activity that threatens the peace process in the Middle East. The Muslim brotherhood was charged behind those consecutive protests, whereas in other hand the protest purely come out from the Egyptian conscience. Corruption, large amount of educated jobless people and closely system of government of which the old aristocratic class generation ruled the country with the iron hand had made most of Egyptian live in frustration. In addition as the quasi democratic country, government of Egypt also held general election but followed by just one party, Egypt national democrat party in which Mubarrak clan was on the top leader of this party. Indeed, likewise in Indonesia, more and more again the US government ignored whatever that they should do as the warrior of democracy as they called themselves.
This is a phenomenon recognized by contemporary scientist like Noam Chomsky who continually records the horror created by American democracy campaign in overseas. American expertise in creating the global issues as much as the horror made by the issue they created. In Egypt cases, democracy was continually denied through the shadow of quasi democracy. The Regime of Mubarrak supported by the US in a long time was not appearing as the global issue of the human rights crime. But in most of American media, especially media having close relation with the government, if not wholly wrong is never reporting the corruption and manipulation of the ballots by Mubarrak clan. So it does in Indonesia, Tunisia and every puppet Government created by the US to secure their behalf upon those country.
The horror made by the US through his gift in the third world was not stopped just for maintaining and strengthening the regime who serves the American. If we trace more deeply we will find that what so called tyranny of the majority. This kind of tyranny described by American founding father, James Madison in his Federalist Paper, “tyranny of the majority” is the origin of dangerous oppression. Whereas, Tocqueville warns the tyranny of Majority bears from democracy which is put inside the absolute power of the majority of its people (Zakaria: 2003, 121). The American will ignore every infraction of the human rights by the majority. For instance in Iraq – Iran War during the mid of 1980s, being the resistance of Iran Islamic revolution which ousted the corrupt shah regime, American was exactly supported the Saddam’s massacre upon the minority Shiite inside Iraq considered as the spy of Iran, whereas they did not have any idea about the war. And in last few years, American who claim themselves again as the warrior of human rights have not been taking any severe action toward Ceylon government who applied the military force to exterminate the minority of Tamil. The American government and American Media seems to ignore this sort of genocide while at the same time in the name of human rights American Army kill thousands of civilian in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the most embarrassing of the quasi democratic gifted of the American upon the third world country can be watched in Thailand. Thailand, majority of its people is Buddhist. But there are some Malayan Muslim in the south part of that country. Political suspense in this country has been creating some coup and oppression persisting status quo upon the opposition. But it is not the main concern of this essay. The oppression of Thai military towards Malayan society in the south has been supported by American Government. Indeed the Malayan who want to gain their rights as an independent country like they were in a century ago condemned as a bloody terrorist in the south east part of Asia. It is seldom reported about the violence made by Thai army in American media, but they precisely regarded that dementedly attack upon the Muslim society as act of the hero of democracy. Yet those case presented previously described how the American support quasi democracy which have been bring acute pains for the people in which that kind of democracy have been applied.
In the surface it seems that, the US just wants to lead the world into liberal democracy recognizing human rights and freedom of speech. However, the fact is they give the third world country a model of democracy in which implausible to labor in those countries. Quasi democracy is a way of suicide of the society employing so. Therefore most of us especially people from third world must be aware of this sort of gift from the US. Copying the terms from Reinhold Neibhur terms, the children of light and children of darkness, the light is come not only from the modernization brought from the US but also come from the inside part of any country since we have local values which better to lead us to the development. Because the third world country has been mentally colonized by the US to smooth its global agenda become the one and the only sovereign empire in the world.
Yogyakarta, February 18. 2011