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Democracy in the Islamic world is everyone's problem

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Nov 9, 2015 at 02:32

Dear Dr Pipes,

I have a question on which I will like your and your readers opinions.

While our community of nations welcomes the right of all people to govern themselves any which way they want, should democratization of Islamic countries be considered everybody's problem? The free countries of Europe are forced to accept millions of refugees into their countries. Most of the world does not want Western European countries to inhumanely refuse to accept these refugees. So it is almost obligatory for the western nations to bailout the citizens of the dysfunctional theocracies of the middle east when these theocracies fall into trouble. So can we demand that the middle eastern countries adopt freedom and separation of church and state as their style of governance?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I don't agree that Europe has to take unlimited numbers of immigrants, especially as almost none of them come directly from their homelands and therefore cannot be considered refugees.

We can demand good government all we want but I don't know what effect that will have.

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