CAIRO – Following the fall of allied strongmen in popular revolutions, the United State is changing heart to work with rising Islamist parties in the Arab world.Credit where credit is due--not everyone could utter such errant nonsense while managing to keep a straight face. (Then again, the Botox really helps there.)
"The suggestion that faithful Muslims cannot thrive in a democracy is insulting, dangerous, and wrong," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an address at the National Democratic Institute in Washington on Monday, November 7.
"They do it in this country every day."
Washington's key allies in Tunisia and Egypt, Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, were ousted in popular revolts earlier this year.
Libya's Muammar Gaddafi was also killed last month after an eight-month armed uprising against his 42-year rule of the oil-rich Arab country.
Washington's new position came shortly after a resounding electoral victory by Islamist Ennahda party in last month's election in Tunisia.
"Its leaders have promised to embrace freedom of religion and full rights for women," Clinton said.
The Tunisian election will result in an assembly that will write the country's new constitution.
"To write a constitution and govern, they will have to persuade secular parties to work with them," Clinton said.
"And as they do, America will work with them, too, because we share the desire to see a Tunisian democracy emerge that delivers for its citizens and because America respects the right of the Tunisian people to choose their own leaders."...
Update: Barry Rubin has some, ahem, immoderate comments about the oxymoron that is "moderate Islamism," and some choice words for the morons who are falling for it:
The New York Times and BBC headlines on the Tunisian elections tell us it is a victory for “moderate Islamists.” I’m putting those headlines in my file alongside Moderate Islamists take power in Iran; Moderate Islamists take power in the Gaza Strip, Moderate Islamists take power in Lebanon, and Moderate Islamists take power in Turkey. And I’m leaving room for Moderate Islamists take power in Egypt.
Ladies and gentlemen, liberals and conservatives, Obama-lovers and Obama-haters, no matter what your race, creed, gender, national origin, or level of unpaid college loans, two things should be clear to all of you:
First, to describe the Obama Administration’s Middle East policy as a disaster – I cannot think of a bigger, deadlier mess created by any US foreign policy in the last century – is an understatement.
Second, the dominant analysis being used by the media, academia and the talking heads on television has been proven dangerously wrong...