Long Is the Road to True Democracy

Transitioning to democracy is particularly difficult in countries where Islamic political movements that are ideologically opposed to Western-style democracy enjoy massive support.

In history there are no examples of instant establishment of true democracy in societies that don't have a tradition of democratic rule, democratic institutions, the rule of law, and respect for the individual and his rights. Evidently a transition period stretching over years, sometimes generations, often accompanied by violent convulsions, is required before societies that have been under autocratic rule for...