01 March 2012

Democracy or Secularism?

If you are in the Middle East, take your pick, because it appears you can't have both. Or they won't allow themselves both.

It reminds me a bit of the early '90s, when our State Department said that we supported a "unified, democratic Yugoslavia." As a friend of mine at the time observed, they needed to pick one, because they sue as hell weren't getting both.

Ah, the Arab world. As if their lives were not complicated enough. So what do you value most?Democracy? or Secularism?

It's a false choice, to be sure. But, tragically, in some parts of the world, it's not. Even more tragically, they may very well end up with neither.

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