“Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop you get off.” Any party that rules street and square makes its own “democratic” rules. – Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Islamist prime minister
Don’t console yourself with hope that Egypt will remain a responsible, status quo player on the international scene. By degrees, Egypt under the Brotherhood will seek to arm Hamas and remilitarize the Sinai. By degrees, it will seek to extract concessions from the U.S. as the price of its good behavior. By degrees, it will make radical alliances in the Middle East and beyond. – Bret Stephens
Democracy and “liberal abdicators”, Stephens continues, “is a catch-all term for anyone who believes the result of any free election is ipso facto legitimate and that the world’s responsibility toward Egyptians’ democracy is to preserve a studied neutrality about their political choices. But a democratic election that yields a totalitarian result isn’t “legitimate,” except in the most cramped sense of the word. In reality, it’s a double-barreled catastrophe: a stain on democracy’s good name and a recipe for turbocharged political extremism.
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