Re: Democracy and the Muslim World (Shadi Hamid & F. Gregory Gause)
In response to Gause's comment that a democratic regime in the Arab world would be less friendly to a liberal, women's rights, liberal cause than we would here...
Well, sure, but is that really the standard? There exist rather authoritarian streaks in the women's rights movement as well.
Much like many nanny-staters banning happy meals in Frisco, many Greens seeking to leverage the government to regulate all economic activity...
a lot of it is about control. To enshrine one's beliefs and ideals in law (even bad law) has consequences.
It's interesting to watch the anti-religious (a false dichotomy to my mind) folks casting judgment on the consequences of their current Western ideals upon the Arab world...often without knowledge of it (though both commenters clearly have a lot of knowledge about the Arab world, Gause is just likely appealing to mainstream sentiment and thinking).
Of course, hopefully the Left will stay consistent in upholding women's rights when faced with violence, threats of violence and the conflict between civilizations that results. And here's to hoping they won't scurry into the flawed logic of extreme relativism when things get too hot.