Excerpt: "A common refrain among pundits is that fear of radical Islam requires (reluctant) opposition to democracy on pragmatic grounds. While not without some merit, the formulation is misleading. The general threat has always been independence. In the Arab world, the United States and its allies have regularly supported radical Islamists, sometimes to prevent the threat of secular nationalism."
A protester stands in front of a burning barricade during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, as police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets, 01/28/11. (photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
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