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Better Dictators than Elected Islamists

Ladd5 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 5:08 PM
Amen, Herman! Germany, pre-Hitler, was a democracy, too. That didn't turn out so well, and neither will Middle East democracy.
Bondman60 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 2:42 PM
Ladd, the Nazis quickly moved to dismantle the democratic process in Germany, just as Morsi is doing in Egypt. The better parrallel is that both came to power in democratic elections, but then quickly transformed the state into a dictatorship. As has been said, the tru test of democracy is the second election, not the first.

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...