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The Islamist ascendancy

By Charles Krauthammer

Post-revolutionary Libya appears to have elected a relatively moderate pro-Western government. Good news, but tentative because Libya is less a country than an oil well with a long beach and myriad tribes. Popular allegiance to a central national authority is weak. Yet even if the government of Mahmoud Jibril is able to rein in the militias and establish a functioning democracy, it will be the Arab Spring exception. Consider:

Tunisia and Morocco, the most Westernized of all Arab countries, elected Islamist governments. Moderate, to be sure, but Islamist still. Egypt, the largest and most influential, has exper


Added: Jul-13-2012 Occurred On: Jul-13-2012
By: marc1921
Politics, Other Middle East
Tags: islam, radical, democracy
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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