Tunisia's "Moderate" Islamists?

(Pajamas Media) Michael J. Totten - Just about every report I've read describes the Islamists in Tunisia as "moderate." This is - if I may be blunt - idiotic. They're moderate compared to what? Hizbullah and al-Qaeda? Sure. But who isn't? I'll accept the notion that Tunisia's Islamists look slightly moderate next to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, but that isn't saying much. The Muslim Brotherhood is not even in the same time zone as any genuinely moderate party the typical Westerner has ever had any experience with. I, for one, will consider Tunisia's Islamists a Muslim version of Europe's conservative Christian Democrats only after they've shared power with liberal parties for a decade without showing totalitarian tendencies.

2011-10-28 00:00:00

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