Comments on: What the return of the Arab strongman means for the Middle East http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: gentalman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/#comment-1114542 Sat, 31 Oct 2015 10:51:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44295#comment-1114542 Al-sisi is sympathetic with Mubarak and now America woo him! What a mess.can democracy be exported any how or or can democracy campaign successful politically!!!

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By: Laster http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/#comment-1112910 Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:12:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44295#comment-1112910 It never ceases to amaze me at what you can get folks living in privation to accept.

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By: saharadweller http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/#comment-1112869 Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:47:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44295#comment-1112869 Both recent commentators have ignored the authors message that democratically elected moderate Islamists ruled Egypt, with unprecedented freedoms, and were mostly accepted by its people, while rejected by its army/security forces and regional powers who conspired to remove him.

Why was Mursi removed ? Because a democratic moderate Islamist with a good track record in governing will shake the foundation of the despotic powers in the region.

Turkey has shown that moderate Islamists can strike a balance between good governance and economic development.

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By: Maha21 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/#comment-1112866 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:33:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44295#comment-1112866 the inaccuracies in this article are stunning for reuters. Sisi’s opponent in the election was not an “obscure opponent”. Anyone who says that has either never followed Egypt after 2011 or is straight out lying. his opponent was one of the key figures of 2011 and ranked third in the first presidential election scoring quite highly as the third candidate next to the two candidates who ran in the second round. I know as I voted for him in that round and most definitely chose not to vote for him when he ran against Sisi. he is a huge public figure in Egyptian political scene. why call him obscure unless if you want to argue sisi’s support was fabricated?

moving to “state sanctioned” violence after Morsi was removed without one word about the massive violence by the Islamists on the streets for the months that followed, the burning of churches across the country ad the horrors that christians suffered can only be explained as intentional manipulation of facts. why?

I would have accepted your analysis that Sisi is gradually turning into a strongman had your facts not being clearly manipulated.. really hard to believe that Reuters allows such a blatant “omission” about the violence against christians and blatant “manipulation” claiming that Hamdeen Sahahy (Sisi’s opponent) was “an obscure opponent”. Shame on you.

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By: RonStn http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/#comment-1112858 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:34:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44295#comment-1112858 In a way Iran is close to that even if he does somewhat listen to the people. It does seem to be true. To some extent there has to be separation of religion and government. Except for many that cannot be either. So there is one extreme or the other. The dictator who cares some about the people seems to be winning in ME.

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By: terrencegtrman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/#comment-1112851 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:00:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44295#comment-1112851 It is becoming clear that the only successful Government is a Dictator in the Middle East. If you look at the History of Saddam Hussein. He was able to squash secular In fighting and Educated his People and was able to get things done and kept Iran in Check. We cannot build Nations. The reason for this is the Extreme mixture of Government and Politics and the Sectarian battle between cultures that have been like that for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Hereditary ingrained Cultural prejudice that they kill each other over. A Russian General was asked why they Invaded Afghanistan, he stated to drag these people kicking and screaming into the 20th Century. I would think the only thing that will fix the middle East is a massive UFO landing and explaining their Place in the Universe.

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By: sarkozyrocks http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/23/what-the-return-of-the-arab-strongman-means-for-the-middle-east/#comment-1112840 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:33:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44295#comment-1112840 “Arabs are stuck between only two choices: authoritarian and nominally secular rule, or life under Islamist extremists like al Qaeda or the Islamic State.”

Yes.

The far greater risk to human freedom are Islamic extremists, therefore authoritarian secular rule / dictatorship is indispensable. Sad, but clear-eyed reality in an intractably broken world.

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