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Good life for wrong reasons

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Submitted by Prashant, Jul 6, 2017 at 21:54

Dear Dr Pipes,

Your reader Yosef from Canada stated that besides UAE many other countries in the ME like Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman, Greek Cyprus offer good life. I will not contest whether the life in these countries is good or bad because good life in many Islamic countries may be due to immense amount of oil-wealth available to them and not to good principles of democratic living. All countries mentioned by Yosef are oil rich theocracies with the exception of Greek Cyprus.

I would like to know if any of these countries follow democratic values, separation of church and state, and respect for diverse beliefs. Until these values get ingrained in the mindsets of all Islamic societies, it is moot if they have good life or not because a native born apostate still runs for his/her life in these societies.

We need to spread democracy in every corner of the world.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
UAE businessman thinks secularism will spread within two decades [70 words]PezDispenserAug 28, 2017 13:39240624
UAE isn't only Mideastern country outside Israel offering "the good life" [31 words]YosefJul 3, 2017 07:18239818
Good life for wrong reasons [153 words]PrashantJul 6, 2017 21:54239818
Leave the Saudi's to mind their business! [33 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
ElspethApr 23, 2016 07:09229118
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3The dark side of Dubai [93 words]AnonApr 11, 2016 21:27228889
2Thanks For The Analysis [140 words]DaveApr 11, 2016 14:52228885
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dianne gallenApr 11, 2016 09:53228879
Some facts about the UAE [779 words]Michael SApr 12, 2016 15:16228879
2Is it better ;yes; will it last ;no. [100 words]Michael Hanni MorcosApr 11, 2016 09:16228877
Social Anthropology ...or tabloid journalism...? [602 words]PhilipApr 11, 2016 08:02228876

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