The Eastern European experience also illustrates how the question of “where to go?” is transformed into the question of “how to join them?”. A process in which many essential problems are swept away unresolved in the urgency of action. Namely, societies once belonged to the “Eastern Bloc” very soon had to face the problems of Western democracy.

Western democracy is one of the best social systems ever to exist regarding the welfare of its own community. But it is remarkably difficult to apply to societies where it is not the product of a centuries-long internal evolution. The western media often offers the simplistic idea that our model is ideal and the problem is the manner of its adoption by the non-Westerners, or if more empathy is present, its adaptation for them. The democratic ideal consists of a society of free and responsible citizens making public decisions together. In our so called “western liberal democratic” states these principles are not at all fully realised. Citizens do not have either the possibility or the will and the qualifications to actively participate in daily politics. The purpose of our education is more and more to produce suitable labour for national and multinational companies and less and less to educate cultivated, happy and thoughtful individuals. Our democracy educates us to be idiots in its original Greek sense, meaning by διώτης (idiotés) someone who did not participate in political or public life.

But as far as things going well or seeming to do so, it does not appear to be a problem. We choose deputies to make decisions instead of us. The problem is that we choose those who we are guided to be chosen by the media and the media itself is guided by those who pay them. As a consequence, politicians do not represent the interest of the “electors”, but the interest of those who make the electors elect them.

Contradictions, however, become apparent in the emerging conflict situations. The Iraq venture demonstrated many of the weaknesses of Western democracies. Our countries were led into a war serving the interests of some business companies and their political representatives who, with the help of the media, cheated their electors and, in the case of the United Kingdom, violated their will. The ideals of democracy were of course even more violated in Iraq, where they were used to exploit the country and led to its destruction.

Unfortunately, outside of the West, the image of democracy  - which would be positive due to the wealth and the liberties of the West  - gets constantly spoiled by the fact that our democratic countries support non-democratic regimes serving interests of Western companies rather than the interest of their own nations. Most of the enormous amount of U.S. funding given to the Egyptian government is directed to its armed forces. I saw Egyptian policemen sitting in cars mounted on bricks instead of wheels and others with corked rifles. The army and its American weapons are more serious but the Egyptian armed forces could not really harm their ally, Israel, especially if one considers what would happen to the country if their dammed dam (an ecological catastrophe already) gets bombed; their true mission is to repress their own people. In Egypt a revolution against the established corrupt regime might give rise to an equally oppressing Islamist rule. Mubarak’s regime has been blackmailing its foreign supporters stating that his only alternative is the rule of the Islamist, but the rise of radicalism is due mainly to his rule.

Western policy makers are also responsible for the present situation. Their main aim was not to help the Arab (and other) countries by doing fair business with free people of independent states, but controlling them relatively cheaply through their corrupt despots and taking advantage of the situation.  The rise of Islamism in the population of countries where we are exporting our democracy as well as in the immigrant Muslim communities in our countries shows that they are far from being satisfied with what we “offer” to them. Their reaction is not exclusively the result of differences of religions, cultures and traditions. Their aggression comes from frustration. Their violent thoughts and deeds are symptoms of their crisis and our own.