Democracy in the Muslim world

Boston Globe
by Lorenzo Vidino

09/24/06

In recent weeks, President Bush has delivered a series of major speeches outlining his strategy against terrorism. We have come a long way from the nebulous rhetoric of the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. The foe is no longer defined as 'terror,' which is simply a tool used by a well-defined adversary. ... The obvious cure to the problem is tackling radical Islam, the ideology that motivates terrorists. But the administration believes firmly -- almost blindly -- that democracy is the right medicine. According to the report, democracy 'diminishes the underlying conditions terrorists seek to exploit.' ... Yet democracy does not always have these healing powers. ... The truth is that today democratic societies are spawning terrorists no less than dictatorships are...

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