Rjpieces, you have a lot of nerve to take credit for an election held for the Palestinian people done by the Palestinian National Authority.
Israel simply observed the election as did many other nations and leaders. And the election was hardly smooth, thanks to Israel:
And it's not the first Palestinian election. 9 years ago elections were held, even though Arafat was the only candidate. That's because nobody else wanted to run.
As a Lebanese, you could never be more misinformed.
Syria has a lot of influence in Lebanon due to a number of political parties in Lebanon that are sympathetic and pro-Syrian.
The Lebanese people are divided over the Syrian influence. Some support it, and some are against it.
Nonetheless, it is all being done in a democratic.
Just like how the US has a lot of influence in many countries around the world. I guess all those countries are US franchises? Well, it depends on how you interpret it I guess.
Lebanon is a country with many political parties such as the Progressive Socialist Party, the Kataeb Party (a party against Syrian influence), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (a very very very pro-Syrian political party), Hezbollah, Lebanese Democratic Movement, Amal, and the Future Movement.
These are just a select few parties, all of which have the right to participate in transforming their country and pushing in what they believe in.
All done in a perfectly democratic matter.
You can never be more misinformed, and have stated an extremely ignorant statement.
Indonesia, Malaysia are two very prominant nations and they are all democracies holding regular elections.
Speaking of Indonesia, did you know the US opposed extremely popular leader Sukarno (who instated democratic reforms), and they supported a coup to overthrow him and be replaced by the extremely unpopular dictator Suharto who reigned in power from 1967 until 1998 when he stepped down after extreme pressure from people around him in the Indonesian people?
Hmm....the US undermining democracy in Muslim nations....who would have thought? Do you want me to talk about the democratically elected Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh, who only 2 years after being in power was overthrown by a US sponsored coup and replaced by a brutal totalitarian leader, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran?
There are also a number of Muslim nations in Africa that are democracies, Mali being a well mentioned one. But then again, nobody cares about Africa...
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran