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sopinile | eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 6:35 AM via web

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What is your response to this article the situation in Tunisia after the revolution?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/world/africa/tunisia-islamists-test-ideas-decades-in-the-making.html?ref=middleeast

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 19, 2012 at 6:54 AM (Answer #1)

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My response is that this article shows how hard it is for a country to democratize.  The Muslim Brotherhood was cruelly repressed in Tunisia as it was in other countries like Egypt.  This has made it hard for them and for the rest of the people in their country to have developed democratic outlooks.  It may be that they will try to impose their values on the country just as the previous regime did.

The most interesting line in the article was this one, spoken :

Can you really solve problems of 50 years in less than one month with a government that is less than one month old?

This is the real issue with democratization.  Can it happen quickly enough that it solves enough of the "problems of 50 years" before people get tired of it and look to a more authoritarian form of government?

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