Mubarak is right - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yonatan
    • 20.05.06 | 21:17 (IDT)

    "Mubarak also said democratic reforms in the Middle East should "emanate from within the region," a rejection of U.S. attempts to promote Western-style democracy throughout the region" He has his own reasons for this statement, of course, but he's right. Democracy cannot be forced on the Arabs from the outside. They must arrive at it by themselves. It's a concept foreign to traditional Arab society and to Islamic culture, which may explain why Lebanon, with its large Christian and Western-oriented population was the first to arrive at some semblance of democracy. Turkey, not an Arab country, had Wesrtern culture forced down its throat by Mustafe Kemal (Ataturk), but is still only semi-democratic; even now there is somewhat of a reversion to Islamism.

    from the article: Mubarak chides U.S. over Iraq invasion, Mideast nuclear policy
    First published 00:00 20.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 20.05.06
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