'Democracy and Islam are not compatible'

Thursday, March 03, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

The Middle East appears to be on the cusp of democracy. That is being hailed in the West, but Israel is erring on the side of caution.

“In the Middle East, stability is preferable to democracy,” said Lieutenant- General Gabi Ashkenazi shortly before completing his term as Israel’s chief of staff.

America has for decades been promoting the idea that democracy among the surrounding Arab states would guarantee future peace with Israel and stability for the region.

Democracy may be the best form of government we as men are capable of, since we cannot guarantee the integrity of an absolute ruler like a king. But that doesn’t mean that every culture, society or religious community is fertile ground for democracy.

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