Originally Posted by BigRedChief
But, WTF can we do about it? We can't just embrace dictators, Kings who toe the USA line. They will eventually be overthrown and the citizens that were oppressed are madder than ever at us and want to kill us.
there are no good options until the extreme parts of the muslim community are rejected by the majority.
It's going to be a long hard haul but its not hopeless.
Exactly. BRC , you hit the nail on the head.
We have to let the people decide for themselves in those places who will represent them. We can't force anything upon them, even if it is beneficial in the short term...because it will fail and they will always have SOMEONE (the USA) to blame.
We must leave them alone , that way when they do fail...they will have only themselves to blame...
By fail I mean embracing Sharia Law and letting hard-line fundamentalists take over a movement that was started and finished by moderates and liberals.
Like you suggest it will be a long process, but in Egypt and other places Hamas / Muslim Brotherhood is already 'winning' the political game in the short term. We are wise to not interfere, and let them figure out that a theocracy is probably not much better than what they had before.
Once people get even a taste of freedom, I don't think they will be able to turn back from it for very long...