16 December 2004

Think again

Big Media Matt points us at the Think Again feature in Foreign Policy discussing Middle East democracy. The canards debunked are:
The Middle East Is the Last Holdout Against the Global Democratic Trend

Democracy in the Middle East Is Impossible Until the Arab-Israeli Conflict Is Resolved

The United States Wants Democracy in the Middle East

The War in Iraq Advanced the Cause of Democracy in the Middle East

Islamists Are the Main Obstacle to Arab Democracy

Arab Countries Have a Historic Propensity Toward Authoritarianism

Promoting Women’s Rights Is Crucial for Democratic Change

Arab Democrats Are the Key to Reform

Middle East Democracy Is the Cure for Islamist Terrorism

Nothing too surprising in the comments on each of these points, mind you, but it provides a nice, clear overview, if you find this sort of thing interesting.

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