Poetic justice in Qatari tyrant’s fairytale of supporting regional democracy and free speech by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from www.strategic-culture.org
December 5, 2012

Once upon a time there was a very rich emirate whose royal ruler wanted to dazzle the world with his magnanimity and appreciation of free speech. It was a bold move because, in this particular geographical desert enclave, the oil-rich kingdoms were typically ruled with an iron rod by absolute unelected monarchs. These tyrants, who lorded over their people with megalomaniacal majesty, were widely feared by the populace because they did not tolerate the slightest dissent to their hereditary despotism. At the drop of a royal whim, disobedient subjects could be flung into dungeons and tortured until death.

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