Second Thoughts on Muslim democracy

I went over to Commentary’s website to see how the neocons were reacting to the news that Obama has said that U.S. military activities in Libya might end with Kaddafi still in power. I didn’t see anything on that. But I saw another item that truly surprised me. For the first time that I’m aware of, someone writing at Neocon Central has admitted that “Arab democracy” may not be leading to anything good, but rather, as Jonathan Tobin puts it, to “Springtime of Hamastan”:

Egypt’s decision to open its border with Gaza is the latest evidence that the fallout from the Arab Spring protests won’t necessarily lead to democracy or peace. The announcement by Egypt’s transitional government appears to be an effort to curry favor with the Egyptian public as well as rewarding Hamas for signing a unity pact with Fatah, the group that runs the Palestinian Authority.

The open border will be an immense boost for the Hamas terror group that runs Gaza. They will now no longer be forced to smuggle weapons in through tunnels but will now presumably be able to have munitions and other strategic materials trucked over the border in larger quantities than ever before. This will not only make it easier for them to conduct terror operations against Israel but raise the price of any possible Israeli counterattack.

I never thought I’d see it. A neocon who seems to care more about real threats to Israel than about unreal hopes for Muslim “democracy.”

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 26, 2011 10:27 AM | Send

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