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Friday, November 18, 2005

Giving regicide a bad name 

I think kings who wield actual rather than ceremonial power are absurd. When they maintain power by oppressing their people (as virtually all do), I say that the French had the right idea. As any good American knows, monarchy was a bad idea in the 18th century. It is a ridiculous, risible, laughable form of government in the 21st century. The monarchies of the Middle East are no exception. Whether "friends" of the United States or not, whether "good guys" or not, the kings have got to go.

So it is with enormous discomfort that I learned this morning that that parody of a rebel, the hated Abu Masab al-Zarqawi, apparently agrees with me. It's enough to give regicide a bad name.

2 Comments:

By Blogger sirius_sir, at Fri Nov 18, 01:42:00 PM:

Agreed, monarchy is a bad form of government, but I still have to think there is a more appropriate means of dispensing with a king than chopping his head off.

On another note, I'm sure the Jordanians must be comforted to know al-Zarqawi loves them so. Doesn't it just make you all tingly inside?  

By Blogger Mycroft, at Sat Nov 19, 01:49:00 AM:

The usual way of dispensing with monarchs, has tended to be bloody, usually in the form of a civil war.

So however ridiculous monarchs may be, people probably prop them up just to avoid the civil war that would probably follow the overthrow of one.  

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