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#1 There's a lot of misinformation concerning Arab dictators allegedly supporting Islamists while suppressing secularists. More and more, my impression is that it's not a matter of them supporting the Islamists so much as being unable to suppress them because of the overwhelming support among the populace that they command. India's Indira Gandhi and Sanjiv Gandhi were assassinated by a handful of sectarian zealots. Arab leaders have to deal with populations where a majority are religious zealots. Arab leaders have a kind of truce with the zealots - as long as the zealots don't mount assassination attempts, there's a tacit kind of truce. Any kind of large scale suppression (aka massacre) has to contend with the fact that the majority of the population, including a big chunk of the security forces are themselves religious zealots.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-11-27 11:38||