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

    Giselle is 5'8" and weighs 98 pounds. She has an eating disorder. She eats then makes herself vo mit.

    October 31, 2014 at 7:53 am | Reply
  2. palintwit

    Sarah Palin for president!

    October 31, 2014 at 8:20 am | Reply
  3. Giselle

    The metal rodding in India's culture is a psychological need to attain nirvana in terms of witnessing and partaking in human pain and suffering. Again deeply embedded in hinddoou preachings embedded in Mahabharata

    October 31, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply
  4. Zhang

    Tunisia is where Pakistanis raype. They are all pervs.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply
  5. Giselle

    The metal r odding in India's culture is a psychological need to attain nirvana in terms of witnessing and partaking in human pain and suffering. Again deeply embedded in hinddoou preachings embedded in Mahabharata

    October 31, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply
  6. Zhang

    Giselle is a fat slob .

    October 31, 2014 at 9:05 am | Reply
  7. Giselle

    After reading the abusive and filthy comments being posted by the Indians, now i understand that why Abraham Lincoln said that – At times you need to pick up weapon to uphold the righteousness and goodness. I am appalled at the small mindedness of people from India. They have no class. Just prejudice and evilness in their genes. Their comments are reflective of this. I leave them for the world to read and understand the meanness in their ilk.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:05 am | Reply
  8. Zhang

    Giselle smells like Pakistani curry BO with extra onions.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  9. Zhang

    Giselle graced me last night with an awesome hand.job.
    I came all over her face.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply
  10. Zhang

    Giselle is flexible. She can bj,hj, and fk at the same time.
    Awesome girl.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:10 am | Reply
  11. Zhang

    Go now Giselle and vomit so as not to be so fat. Come back and post once you finish and wipe your dirty little mouth.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:14 am | Reply
  12. Zhang

    Giselle enjoys a plastic rod inserted into her flower for pleasure

    October 31, 2014 at 9:16 am | Reply
  13. Zhang

    You slob. You slob. You fat curry little paki slob.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
  14. Giselle

    @Zhang has erectile dysfunction. He is a eunuch.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
  15. Giselle

    One is a pariah if you are a pedophile like Modi. Plus India and Modi have subjugated and massacred and keep on massacring minorities including sikhs and moslems and Christians and Jews. The memories of India's leader Gandhi siding with Hitler and holocaust of Jews is still fresh in our minds. The filth Indian hindus have spewed below is unforgivable. No one would take them seriously nor accept the sincerity of whatever they say. I am sure everyone agrees to that.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:41 am | Reply
  16. Zhang

    Nobody cares about your opinions you @nul bi t ch.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:44 am | Reply
  17. Zhang

    Giselle bends o ver for big d ic ks

    October 31, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
  18. Zhang

    Giselle sells children's books. She is a eunuch.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
  19. Giselle

    Zhang cannot have an erection. He is not a man. He is a eunuch. The Mexican landscapers use him for sayx.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:52 am | Reply
  20. Zhang

    @Giselle. Trick or treat.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:53 am | Reply
  21. Zhang

    @Giselle. BOO!

    October 31, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
  22. Giselle

    Zhang wotks at the car wash. In between washes the mexicans f ukk him in the equipment room.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
  23. Zhang

    @Giselle. Do you swing both ways. Hottie.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
  24. Zhang

    Giselle is horn ey.
    Easy boy.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:56 am | Reply
  25. Zhang

    @Giselle. How about I put soap all over you and then slide it in?
    You like?

    October 31, 2014 at 9:57 am | Reply
  26. Zhang

    Good-bye Giselle. I'm going to go fukk your mother now.

    October 31, 2014 at 9:59 am | Reply
  27. Giselle

    Zhang you are not a man. You can't get an erection. You can dream but you are only good for mexicans to bend you over and f ukk your black brown hindoo a zz.

    October 31, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
  28. Giselle

    Zhang's p enis is size of a toothpick. On top of that he is a eunuch. The mexicans f ukk him in the car wash and in the plant bed. He is from India. He is a hindoo. Are all people from India eunuchs and have ED? Hmmmm

    October 31, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
  29. JR

    Muslims need to be ruled by a dictator. Democracy is not compatible with Islam.

    October 31, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
  30. chri§§y

    Thats not OUR decision to make @ JR! Thats up to the people of those countries! Just as we would not welcome them deciding our government!

    October 31, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Reply
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