Is Political Islam Compatible with Democracy?

American policymakers and Western governments would be wiser to promote the strengthening of democratic institutions, rather than forcing new democracies to welcome the toxic Islamists.

At the dawn of the so-called Arab Spring in 2011, diplomats, politicians, and intellectuals debated a fresh question: what role can Islamist political parties play in a fledgling democracy?

It wasn’t an esoteric or academic debating point. In the tumult that followed the collapse of dictatorial governments in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia, groups of radical Islamists had organized themselves into political parties and attempting to use the ballot box to get them to where the cartridge box could never take them—control of national governments. This was a new strategy on the part of Islamists. Ever since their emergence in the 1940s and their public appearances in the 1960s, Islamists had ridiculed democracy as an effort to elevate man’s law over God’s law. They also faulted democracy for sowing confusion by changing its laws over time. How can the truth change?

  • In a word, nope.

    • And that’s the long answer.

      • I tried to abbreviate it.

        • 57Dana

          Nope

        • xavier

          And the Moslems never had a St Augustine that helpfully differentiated the 2 thanks to Jesus and the theory of the 2 swords

          • Mohammad cobbled his religion together.

            One wonders why no one was successful in pointing that out to him.

          • xavier

            There were but they got whacked. I think the name of one was Marwan. But you can google the info up

          • Who was Mohammad? A Clinton?

  • Waffle

    “Clearly, political Islam cannot be tamed by democracy, but it can devour and destroy democracies. American policymakers and Western governments would be wiser to promote the strengthening of democratic institutions, rather than forcing new democracies to welcome the toxic Islamists.”

    We have been warned.

  • Alain

    There is no “political” Islam any more than there is “moderate” Islam. Islam is political just as it is supremacist and totalitarian. Bottom line is that there is NO freedom in Islam.

  • Editor

    No