April 18, 2012

Beyond the New Carthage

Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

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In Tunisia, the liberal, leftist, and center-right secular parties are strong when they band together. And they do band together on social issues. The Islamists were recently forced to abandon their push to enshrine Islamic law in the constitution. They have no choice but to back what Tunisians call a civil state, rather than an Islamic state, because that's what the majority wants.

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