February 25, 2011
Tunisia, Don't forget Tunisia.
Don't Forget Tunisia
25 Feb 2011 05:19 pm
J. Scott Carpenter says it is "going to need help from the international community - and a lot of it":
If Tunisia doesn't succeed, no other country in the region can. Tunisia's 10 million inhabitants do not suffer the ethnic and sectarian divisions that bedevil many of their neighbors. Tunisians are well educated and largely middle class -- 80 percent own their own homes. Nearly all Tunisians practice the same form of moderate Islam. The populace looks to Europe for its economic and political inspiration. The cry Tunisians made famous around the world during their revolution, "Dégage!" (Get out!), is tellingly in French, not Arabic.
The underlying article is good, but the emphasized parts are annoying. Just because someone speaks French or English well doesn't mean moderation. Tedious condensation that (doubtless the writer, a former State person, was a francophone). Same re "moderate Islam" - I understand why it has to be said in these articles but really it gets tiresome.
Let me suggest an alternative, "the ordinary, non-extremist Islam of most of the Islamic world..." - excepting the seriously retarded places, (AfPak, Gulf).
Posted by The Lounsbury at February 25, 2011 07:12 PM
Filed Under: EU Foreign Policy , Economic Development , Foreign Policy & MENA , Maghreb , North Africa , Political Development , The MENA '48 , Tunisia Revolution , US Foreign Policy
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About the author:
"...From May 2003 to July 2004, he served as a key advisor to CPA administrator L. Paul Bremer, facilitating the formation of the Iraqi Governing Council and the first post-Saddam Hussein cabinet, the drafting and signing of Iraq’s interim constitution, and the establishment of the interim government..."
That worked out well.
Posted by: matthew h at February 25, 2011 08:14 PM