Sunday, February 26, 2012
Given the events in Afghanistan of late, I am beginning to that that Prof Mansur is correct. Arab despots are doomed, to be overthrown and hanged or shot, as were Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi. They have had their moment on history’s stage and, almost without exception, they have been deserving of utmost contempt. Their exit does not, however, mean an end to some variation of authoritarian rule that will remain tyrannical for non-Muslim minorities, women, dissidents and others deemed unfit to be part of the intimidated Muslim majority. Authoritarian rule in the name of Islam is the legacy of Arab-Muslim history. There is a tradition from the early centuries of Islam which decrees a day of strife is worse than 60 years of tyranny.