'Arab Spring' becomes 'Sharia Summer' on Tahrir Square

Why do you suppose it is that so many conservative commentators saw this coming, while starry-eyed liberals heralded the flowering of genuine up-from-the-streets democracy in the Arab world? Elizabeth Harris reports for the New York Times: As my colleague Anthony Shadid reports, tens of thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square on Friday for a day that had been billed as one of unified protest against the interim military government. But the turnout was lopsided, dominated by members of religious movements, ranging from the most conservative, the Salafists, to the relatively moderate Muslim Brotherhood. (snip) Gotta love that "relatively moderate" appellation for the Muslim Brothers, who, after all, assassinated Anwar Sadat. Moderately, I suppose, in Timespeak.(Read Full Post)

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