We have to face the facts however, that the ”democracy project” in the Middle East was destined for failure, it could never come into fruition because of Islam.
Currently, there is no civil society in the Middle East (save Israel) because of Islam, it’s the truth, and for a responsible civil government based upon the principle of pluralism, modern rule of law etc., you already have to have a working, viable civil society in place to breath life into it. Islam acts as a natural anti-democracy (small d) repellent.
Just look at Turkey, once the seat of the Islamic caliphate, and an empire on the verge of already collapsing, and defeated militarily during WWI, gave up on the idea of Islam running a government and switched gears, but soon after Kemal Ataturk’s death, the secular state he created was already unravelling. It’s further Islamization has been steamrollered by it’s premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s been busy putting the finishing nails into the coffin of the once secular republic of Turkey.
NOTE: There never was an ”Arab Spring”, it was a ruse, a con game, a fiction of ignoramuses refusing to deal with human experience and the historical record.
Unlike former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ennahda’s leader, Rached Ghannouchi, an Islamist scholar who spent decades in exile in Britain, acted pragmatically when faced with overwhelming opposition, instead of seizing power.
The 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali did change the rules of the game from the past, but parallels to Egypt and continuity with the previously ousted regime cannot be missed.
Voters may turn back the clock on ‘Arab Spring’
In Tunisia where the ‘Arab Spring’ began in 2011, voters appeared on Sunday to come full circle, with preliminary election results showing the majority supporting a former official with the toppled regime.
Beji Caid Essebsi, of the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes Party, is slightly ahead of rival Moncef Marzouki, the incumbent president, who has warned against the return of “one-party era” figures like Essebsi, according to initial results tweeted by the Tunisialive website on Monday.
Early results in the country’s first presidential ballot since the uprising were expected later on Monday, but the parties of the two front-runners said initial tallies show they would face off next month in a second round.
Turnout is estimated to be close to 65 percent, according to Agence Tunis Afrique Presse.
Perhaps the poor results of the Arab uprisings – at least partly due to the failure of Islamist parties that had swept into power in Tunisia and Egypt – had the North African country’s voters favoring stability and the old order. The image of atrocities and violence throughout the region, from Syria and Iraq to Yemen, has many Arabs preferring security even at the expense of democratic values.
Tunisia’s Ennahda Party, the first Islamist movement to secure power after the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, was defeated in last month’s elections, perhaps drawing a lesson from the failed power grab of Islamists in Egypt.