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Better Dictators than Elected Islamists

Jack2894 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 10:32 AM
I do not generally agree with Pipes but this is absolutely correct. In a nation where 75% of the voters favor establishing a religious tyranny, advocating democracy is not in America's best interests. In fact, it was the primary argument against invading Iraq and trying to establish a pro-Western democracy. That decision precipitated the "Arab Spring", as it naively intended to, and will go down as the single worst geo-political decision in American history.

Who is worse, President Mohamed Morsi, the elected Islamist seeking to apply Islamic law in Egypt, or President Husni Mubarak, the former dictator ousted for trying to start a dynasty? More broadly will a liberal, democratic order more likely emerge under Islamist ideologues who prevail through the ballot box or from greedy dictators with no particular agenda beyond their own survival and power?

Morsi's recent actions provide an answer, establishing that Islamists are yet worse than dictators.

This issue came up in an interesting debate for Intelligence Squared U.S. in early October when Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for...