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18 Sep, 2011

THE DAILY STAR : U.S. democracy is no model for Arabs

I know better now why most Arabs have totally given up on expecting anything positive or fair to emerge from the United States when it comes to the Middle East. Democracy is a great and noble venture and a most utilitarian governance system; but it also has a dark and ugly side that is very visible in the U.S. these days.

My day started out while I was reading The New York Times on the flight from Boston to Philadelphia, including a front page article that noted, “The growing influence of Islamists in Libya raises hard questions about the ultimate character of the government and society that will rise in the place of Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s autocracy.”

In what has become nearly the norm in American journalism and that of some other Western societies, even among quality media, wildly vague, unattributed and mostly unsubstantiated assertions are made about Arab or Islamic societies that include pessimistic expectations about what might result from the current revolts.

via THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Columnist :: U.S. democracy is no model for Arabs.