Does the West want democracy in the Middle East? ~ 19 November 2015.
The Paris attacks have once again revealed the West’s bewilderment as to why it is under attack.
In the months after 9/11, Americans asked: “Why do they hate us?”
Today, European politicians, journalists and academics are still searching for an explanation as to why so many young Muslims are being radicalised.
Religion, economic deprivation and Western foreign policy are all put forward as possible drivers of jihadism. The one thing most people can agree on is that the West is unsure how to react to the so-called Islamic State (IS).
The confusion is reflected in the West’s uncertain attitude towards democracy in the Arab world. A few weeks before he ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003, President George W Bush said that once Saddam Hussein had been toppled, Iraq would become…
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