16 November 2011

a bend

city hall, moon and tramway
Pragmatism wins
Another example on that totalitarian systems are getting weaker and fewer:
The emergence of post-Islamism should be welcomed because it signals the failure of classical Islamism and teaches us that most people in the region are not motivated by ideology, instead preferring practical politics. In the long-term post-Islamism will also weaken the more extreme elements who are still dreaming of creating a totalitarian theocracy.

Political parties may still use Islam as an excuse to deflect criticism of their policies and seek to further entrench certain outmoded cultural practices and attitudes. Nevertheless, the shift towards democratic culture in the region should give us all cause for hope.

Guardian: → Post-Islamists in the Arab world (or, Islamists mugged by reality)

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