Mansur's Bedouin Botany Lesson
It's nice to see someone who hasn't been fooled by the fluffy meringue re an "Arab Spring"--Salim Mansur, a man who's both a gentleman and a scholar:
No matter what season it is in Arab politics, spring or winter, there is one near certainty since time immemorial: Arab politics teeter on the fine line separating Bedouin savagery and some form of authoritarian order.
In such a world, democracy is another word for mobocracy. This is what we have been witnessing behind the hyperbole of Arab spring breaking out in jasmine and roses...A history professor at UWO, Mansur knows that it's really breaking out in far less appealing foliage--poison ivy and ragweed, say.
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