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7 Oct, 2011

Fear of an Islamic Planet | Truthout

You can’t support democracy only when it produces results that you like. You have to support the whole deal, and that includes fusions of religion and politics, some more noxious than others. In his survey of the Arab world called The Arabs, updated in 1985, the journalist Peter Mansfield concluded in his final chapter that “no one can tell what political and social institutions the Arab people will have developed by the end of this momentous century. All that can be said with certainty is that, however much they derive from foreign movements and ideas, they will have a specifically Arab and Islamic character.” It’s truly amazing that, 25 years on, outside observers continue to ignore this rather obvious fact.

via Fear of an Islamic Planet | Truthout.