Thursday, November 18, 2004
A promising sign?
MEMRI has a translation of an essay by Egyptian intellectual Dr. Amr Isma'il.
'Why Can't We [Arabs] See Things as the Rest of the World Sees Them?'
Why can our brain not understand that democracy has proven itself to be the best regime and that it has brought progress and prosperity to those countries that have adopted it? Why can our brain not understand that democracy is not just the election ballots, but is an entire framework, the most important [aspect] of which is freedom of choice, in religion, in belief, in attire, and in the freedom to express political and cultural opinions, even if they differ from what is accepted, as long as they do not incite to violence. Why don't we understand that democracy is complete equality between people, regardless of sex, color, or religion...