February 12, 2014

The Arab World's False Choice

Michael Young, The National

The Associated Press

Arab democrats can legitimately lament their inability to outmanoeuvre their countries’ military. The cravenness of western states aside, Arab societies have too often been pushed by their regimes into either-or choices – where it is stable autocracy versus unstable liberty; or imposed, but stable, unity versus unstable fragmentation, whether sectarian or tribal.

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TAGGED: Arabs, Middle East, Iraq, Syria, Egypt

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