Где вы, исламисты?

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. Давно в 1980-х годах, когда коммунистический режим в Польше столкнулся с серьезными проблемами, доставляемыми недовольными народными массами, официальный представитель режима, Ежи Урбан, высказал свое мнение иностранным журналистам, что у Польши было всего два выбора: коммунизм или господство католической церкви. «Или мы, ‑ говорил он, ‑ или Матка Боска Ченстоховска (Черная Мадонна)».

Похожее предупреждение раз за разом повторяют деспотичные правители на Ближнем Востоке, не в меньшей степени Хосни Мубарак, действующий правитель Египта: либо светское «полицейское» государство, либо исламисты; либо Мубарак, либо «Братья-мусульмане». Это заявление было достаточно убедительным для западных правительств, особенно США, чтобы продолжать щедро снабжать Мубарака и других арабских «союзников».

Те, кто защищает распространение демократии в мире, оказались перед трудной дилеммой. По мнению многих, ислам является угрозой демократии. Говорят, что Запад находится в «состоянии войны с исламом», цитируя активистку, родившуюся в Сомали, Айаан Али Хирси. Но означает ли это, что мы должны отказаться от идеи демократии, если у исламистских партий есть шанс на победу на выборах?

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