Where is the Middle East's Sakharov?

(Jerusalem Post) - Asla Aydintasbas Historian Bernard Lewis explains the great paradox of the modern Middle East: the so-called moderate regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt have populations irate with anti-American and anti-Western sentiments, while among the people in rogue regimes like Iran, Iraq, and Syria, there is sympathy for the West and support for the new American mantra for regime change. What cannot be ignored by anyone is the quiet beginnings of an uprising against autocratic, repressive, and corrupt governments in the various corners of the Middle East and the Muslim world. The fact that practically all Muslim nations - with the exception of Turkey and perhaps Bangladesh - are run by regimes that are characterized as anti-democratic is an abomination first and foremost to Muslims. And we know it.

2003-11-25 00:00:00

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