October 30th, 2014
07:05 PM ET

Why democracy took root in Tunisia and not Egypt

By Fareed Zakaria

Of course, it may be too soon to celebrate Tunisia’s success. It faces a youth unemployment rate of about 30 percent. The government is also battling Islamist militants at home, and recent reports have suggested that the Arab world’s only democracy is also its biggest exporter of fighters to join the Islamic State. (This may be because Tunisia is relatively open and its jihadis find that their appeal is limited at home.)

But Tunisia’s success — so far — does suggest that there is nothing in Islam or Arab society that makes it impossible for democracy to take root. As would be true anywhere, you need some favorable conditions, good leadership and perhaps a bit of luck.

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  1. Blue Saffron

    I doubt democracy could ever take place there or in the surrounding area. You see, Muslim extremists will never allow it.
    They are fanatics as most Muslims are, especially those from Pakistan.

    October 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  2. Hannah

    True Blue. Pakistanis smell of bad BO and onions. They are all terrorists and raype girls in Pakistan.

    October 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  3. Cristobol

    Once I was in a city bus in Detroit, Mi sitting beside a Pakistani. Well his curry BO was so bad that I got off immediately and was sick the remainder of the day.
    I caught a different bus and went home.
    Luckily the next bus had no Pakistani passengers. They smell so offensive.

    October 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  4. Le Bouledogue

    Fareed, pack your tiffin box and take a boat back to HindooStan. Upon arrival go raipe a hairy hindoo girl smothered in mustard oil.

    October 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • Rendezvous With Destiny

      Fareed, are you an i diot or what?
      Use some whitening cream and sing bhajans. Before KKK stick you on a tree.

      October 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  5. Le Bouledogue

    ROASTING CHESTNUTS ON BURNING BRIDES? RAIPE SAFARI? COW DUNG PANCAKES? TOILET FREE ENVIRONMENT? BONFIRES ON HUMAN BODIES?

    Come, Come, visit India. Come experience our groping ways. Our raiping prowess. Our clothe tearing stare. Our nauseating BO.

    We will raipe you while you shop. We will pull your breasts like pork. We will finger your genitals while you ride the bus. Watch us relieve on the roads and side walks. Observe us dousing our girls with kerosene and lighting them up for dowry.

    We welcome y'all !!!

    PLEASE VISIT INDIA AND GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY OF SHOWING YOU OUR ABODE !!

    October 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Zandie

      Like pork?

      October 30, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Reply
      • Zandie

        You want me to finger your what?

        October 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm |
  6. Rendezvous With Destiny

    Q: What do you call a hindu shrink

    A: TheRapist

    October 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  7. banasy©

    What did the Alabama sherriff call the Hinddoou who had been shot 15 times?

    Worst case of suicide he had ever seen.

    October 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Belkan

      You gay?

      October 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      I did not author this.

      October 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      ROTFLMAO."worst case of suicide"
      Funny banasy!

      October 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  8. chri§§y

    Been awfully h orny past few days.

    Why are hinddoouss like sperm?

    Only 1 in a Million actually works

    October 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Belkan

      Woul love to bang your phoosie chrissy.

      October 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    OMB has published expense report that includes $1 million spent on White House fumigation after Modi's gang left White House. Expense to clean the BO left behind on furniture and in the air. Hindus defecating in the corridors and spitting paan in Oval Office. Drinking water out of toilets. In one instance a person from Bangalore was caught masturbating in west wing. Spots on furniture fabric due to indians wiping their hands off after eating curry.

    Secret Service had to physically kick the Indian gang out after they wore gas masks. Nobody wanted to come close to these hindus due s hit smell. In fact President Obama refused to sit next to Modi and had the janitor dressed up in dhoti to do so.

    October 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Big deal. Bill Clinton spooged all over the Oval Office desk and got some on that fat chick...what's her name. The lighting was poor because of Gdubya Bush's lies turning the walls brown.

      October 31, 2014 at 6:30 am | Reply
  10. rupert

    Mother's milk is to babies what self immolation and terrorism is to hinddoous in Mother India. Two mothers but one good the other very bad.

    October 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      Stop using my avatar ya frikkin hindu raypist.

      October 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Zandie

      Studying for your GRE? I don't think that one comes out.

      October 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  11. chri§§y

    Nor did i @ banasy but since he does such a good job of sounding NOTHING like either one of us no one will pay attention doncha think?

    October 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      I think that the bigotry of another should be posted under hizzer own username instead of the cowardly act of using mine.
      No intelligent person would believe these are our posts; but we are not dealing with intelligence, are we?

      October 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  12. rupert

    This is my first post in three days. I have not posted nothing. Please stop stealing my name.

    October 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  13. rupert

    Totally disregard the green avatar please. CNN got those things mixed up. It's not my fault.
    I had garlic so consequently I am sooooooo sleepy.
    Any troll posts posted after me are not by me.
    Good night and good bye

    October 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  14. rupert

    Apple Pie is to Americans what gang raypes are to Indian Hinddooze.

    October 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  15. rupert

    Pumpkin Pie is to moslems what gang raypes are to Indian Hinddooze.

    October 30, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  16. Zandie

    Green poop is what breakfast is to Shiites.
    Brown poop is what lunch is to Sunnis.
    Red poop is what dinner is to Pakistanis.
    Yellow poop is what a late snack is to Muslims.

    October 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  17. Zandie

    Where did our little troll go? Oh look there he is running like a puppy with his tail between his legs.

    October 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      I have a long d ikk between my legs. In your mouth out thru your a zz and into your daughters p ussy.

      October 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  18. Hannah

    Why is it that people that post things about Hindus and India smell like curry BO?
    These people should not be allowed in public transit. They are so dirty and smelly like my an_s.

    October 30, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  19. Blue Saffron

    I don't know Hannah. Maybe they are blog-tarded and have Autism.

    October 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  20. Cristobol

    That makes sense. Plus these people that post about Hindus and India love to sukk dog dikks.

    October 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  21. Ferhat Balkan

    There are many moderates in Tunisia. The Enhanda Movement for example is a moderate Islamist political party. It is one of the biggest and most powerful party in Tunisia. It gained huge popularity after the Tunisian revolution. Egypt on the other hand has a very powerful military with firm secular beliefs, yet is also very authoritarian and has close ties to Israel. What some people don't understand is the fact that you can have a Muslim majority country, yet be democratic and secular at the same time (example: Turkey). You can also have a religious democracy such as the case with Malaysia. You can have a Muslim majority country that is secular, yet dictatorial (Syria/Egypt). Unfortunately, the media likes to paint a broad brush when it comes to Islam. As if Islam is somehow unified under the same principles and laws everywhere. Nothing can be further from the truth. The fact is, Islam comes in all sorts of shapes and forms whether you like it or not. Just like any other religion.

    October 30, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      Shut up I diot. You sound like a broken record.

      October 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  22. Nan

    Democracy does not work in large populated countries where most of population is uneducated. A case in point is India where need of aid has prompted them to put up the democratic sham to please donors and thus resulted in the election of an uncouth person called Modi.

    October 31, 2014 at 5:00 am | Reply
  23. Nan

    The muslims in India have been polarized and marginalized and are seeking re independence from India.

    Just yesterday the most influential muslim leader in India invited a neighboring head of state for his son's ceremony but not his own – Modi. That was a slap in the face of Modi who is a hindoo and head of state of India. Modi faces the cloud of murders and genocides he orchestrated in India of minorities including Muslims.

    October 31, 2014 at 5:05 am | Reply
  24. Hannah

    Really?

    October 31, 2014 at 6:25 am | Reply
  25. Philip

    Democracy? Who in their right mind wants a bunch of average people deciding which way nations go?
    And it's more like reasons why the Muslim Brotherhood didn't "take root" in Egypt. (Egypt's High Court investigation revealed that Muslim Brotherhood takeover attempt was financed by the Barack H. Obama Foundation)

    October 31, 2014 at 6:26 am | Reply
  26. Zhang

    Here comes philip. Probably works in a hospital and has the flue. That would explain his mental condition.
    Poor guy.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:30 am | Reply
  27. Zhang

    Can you imagine? The president of the United States financing terrorism?
    Wow. Poor Philip must have the flue. His brain is over heating.
    Pity him.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:33 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Fortunately, it's not about Philip.

      October 31, 2014 at 6:36 am | Reply
  28. Zhang

    Mirro mirror on the wall
    Who's the dumbest of them all?
    Is it Blue Saffron or Philip?

    October 31, 2014 at 6:35 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Stop trying to deflect your ignorance of Muslim Brotherhood finances by Obama onto other individuals. Thank you.

      October 31, 2014 at 6:38 am | Reply
  29. Zhang

    Freak

    October 31, 2014 at 6:37 am | Reply
  30. Zhang

    Autistic freak

    October 31, 2014 at 6:38 am | Reply
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