Hold on, Jasper. Before jumping on BO’s hope-and-change bandwagon for “democracy” in the Middle East, we need to take the time to learn what people there believe. If we don’t, we are in for a major disappointment when things finally shake out.
A democracy is only as good as the values that inform its participants.
For example, a poll in Egypt before the public uprising showed:
Egyptians reject radical Islamists, but want Islam to play a large role in politics and think democracy is the best political system, according to poll data collected in Muslim countries last year. The sample group of 1,000 was surveyed in face-to-face interviews in April and May of last year for the U.S.-based Pew Research Center. These results give an idea of Egyptian public opinion before the current protests there broke out.
As respects traditional Muslim practices, Egyptians responded:
- 54%: Believe men and women should be segregated in the workplace
- 82%: Believe adulterers should be stoned
- 84%: Believe apostates from Islam should face the death penalty
- 77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off
I’m a reasonable guy, but to hell with Islamic multiculturalism and adopting anything that resembles principles of Sharia law into our American justice system.