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. Zhang

    Philip works in a hospital. He has the flu

    October 31, 2014 at 6:39 am | Reply
  2. Zhang

    Blue Saffron does not work. He falsely claims disability and collects disability and welfare.
    He is a lazy bum.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:41 am | Reply
  3. Philip

    Pakistanis don't stink as much as Monica Lewinsky ass slime that was smeared all over the Oval Office desk. That's for sure.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:41 am | Reply
  4. Zhang

    Blue Saffron is blog tarded and s.t.u.p.I.d.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:42 am | Reply
  5. Zhang

    Pakistanis have curry BO and shower with pigs.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:43 am | Reply
  6. Philip

    Can you imagine what Bill Clinton's ass smells like after banging some fat chick?

    October 31, 2014 at 6:44 am | Reply
  7. Zhang

    Pakistanis raype their own daughters in the Pakistani mountains.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:45 am | Reply
  8. Zhang

    Philip knows nothing about wall street . He works in a hospital. He is a male nurse. He is a RN.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:47 am | Reply
  9. Philip

    Can you imagine that? The Oval Office that symbolizes decent governance and highest ground integrity. And kooky there. Some adulterous fat head banging on an obese intern right there in front of your eyes. And all you got to say is curry smells worse than cornpone and chitlin colic greens. What a maroon.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:47 am | Reply
  10. Philip

    85% of American nurses are drug addicts, and mostly overweight.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:49 am | Reply
  11. Zhang

    85% of your a.s.s. is covered with hair and 85% of your brain needs to be drained from excess liquid.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:53 am | Reply
  12. Philip

    So many nurses were stealing mind altering Rx prescription drugs, a machine had to be made that only dispensed the prescribed amount of medication. Pharmacation, actually.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:54 am | Reply
  13. Philip

    No. I don't think Philip is a nurse you idiot.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:54 am | Reply
  14. Zhang

    Get a clue. Obama has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:55 am | Reply
  15. Philip

    The largest drug bust in U.S. history occurred last year when FBI agents raided the offices of doctors who had conspired to defraud the U.S. taxpayer by pushing dope on people claiming to be disabled...people whose drugs are paid for by taxpayers.
    Over 100 doctors and nurses were arrested in 6 cities including Denver near where I live.

    October 31, 2014 at 6:59 am | Reply
  16. Zhang

    Philip has his masters in nursing and is the head nurse at Mercy General. He is experienced in the areas of psychiatric nursing, surgical assistant, and trauma. They say he is one of the best.
    I find that hard to believe. Mediocre ok, the best, I doubt it.
    Nurse Philip.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:01 am | Reply
  17. Philip

    Last year. Egypt's High court officials went on TV and exposed the Barack H. Obama Foundation financing Muslim Brotherhood acts of state terrorism. A warrant was issued to the director of said foundation, and the ICC is currently in pursuit of him.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • Philip

      I.R.S. Louis Lerner has been exposed for secretly granting the Barack H. Obama Foundation (that had been operating illegally for six years) 6 year retroactive tax exempt status, and then claimed to have lost all record of it.

      October 31, 2014 at 7:05 am | Reply
  18. Zhang

    I love Philip. Once I was near Denver. I was in a motorcycle accident. (I'M in a motorcycle cycle ga.ng)
    Well, I had a collapsed lung. Philip gave me mouth to mouth resuscitation and saved my life.
    Thank you Philip.
    I tipped this nurse $20 bucks.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:05 am | Reply
  19. Philip

    Nurses don't accept tips, jerkwad. They do gave some decency.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:08 am | Reply
  20. Zhang

    Philip smokes funny cigarettes. The green ones. That's why he says obama financed the Muslim Brotherhood.
    If it were true, he would get impeached and go to trial
    But Philip is off or just joking.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:08 am | Reply
  21. Zhang

    Philip is a nurse. He makes $70,000+ a year.
    But he is as cheap as a jew. He still lives at home and has his wife there.
    She is a speech therapist at the hospital.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:13 am | Reply
  22. Zhang

    Together they make an annual salary of $156,000/year. They don't pay rent. Shameful!
    Well at least they barbecue on weekends for the family.
    Ribeye steaks and chicken.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:17 am | Reply
  23. Zhang

    I respect Philip very much. He is one of the best RN's in the state of Colorado.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:21 am | Reply
  24. Zhang

    Philip's wife drives a 2014 Tahoe. Yet Philip with all the money he makes drives a 1978 Volkswagen. He says he doesn't like to make car payments.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:24 am | Reply
  25. Zhang

    Philip won't be posting for awhile. They called him from the hospital for an emergency.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:26 am | Reply
  26. Giselle

    THERE IS ONLY ONE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE FIVE OF ITS LEADERS/PRIME MINISTERS HAVE BEEN ASSASSINATED.....INDIA !!!

    October 31, 2014 at 7:29 am | Reply
  27. Giselle

    HINDUISM CELEBRATED:::
    WELCOME TO INDIA:::

    Child Marriage – Girls are to be married when 5 years old !

    Dowry – Vedas (Hindu holy script) prescribes this practice

    Bride-Burning – if the dowry is insufficient burn her alive.

    No Property, burn her alive.

    Mass Wife-Burning (Jauhar) – Often 100s are burnt at a time.

    Widow-Burning (Sati) – Sanctioned by the Vedas, Puranas, practiced by Hindu Lord Krishna's wives, it still continues in India to this day.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:34 am | Reply
  28. Zhang

    Giselle is an author of children's books. She wrote "Potty Right", "Look at Kitty Go" "Let's Count Together." And many more.
    Giselle is les.bian. and they live in Santa Barbara.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:37 am | Reply
  29. Zhang

    Giselle left India to become a writer in the United States. She went to writing school and met her future girl friend there.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:40 am | Reply
  30. Zhang

    When asked by People Magazine why she chose to write children's books for a living Giselle said "It's what I excel at. And I love children and want to make this a better world for them."

    October 31, 2014 at 7:44 am | Reply
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