Благоприятная возможность для установления демократии в арабском мире

Около 400 миллионов мусульман проживают в настоящее время в неарабских мусульманских странах, включая Турцию, Индонезию, Бангладеш, Сенегал, Мали и Албанию, в которых состоялись относительно свободные выборы в высшие органы власти. Возможно, эти страны еще не являются полностью демократическими, но, поскольку в них проводятся конкурентные выборы, они удовлетворяют главному условию, дающему им право называться демократиями.

Однако с тех пор как Ливан был охвачен гражданской войной и насилием тридцать лет назад, усугубленными военным вмешательством со стороны Организации освобождения Палестины, Израиля, Сирии, Франции и США, ни один мусульманин не жил в арабском государстве с выборными органами власти. Именно поэтому весь мир должен глубоко задуматься над существующими сегодня возможностями установления демократии в Палестине и соседних с нею государствах.

Современные демократические государства имеют, по меньшей мере, семь общих характеристик:

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