Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

Islamic Democracy?

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East, by Reuel Marc Gerecht (Hoover, 148 pp., $19.95); Trial of a Thousand Years: World Order and Islamism, by Charles Hill (Hoover, 170 pp., $19.95)

For much of the post-war era, what is known as the Arab world has been hostile to the United States. Our alliances with the liberal democracies of Western Europe, coupled with leadership of the free world after the war, tarred America with the brush of colonialism and earned us more envy even than clients.

Oil dependency, of course, distorted the relationship. The Gulf exporting sheikdoms were quietly amused at how our so-called liberal principles so easily dissipated when it came time to supply American expertise and security to these illiberal plutocracies. Support for Israel, especially after 1967, enraged the proverbial Arab

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Gay Old Party?

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Politics & Policy

Network of Me

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Politics & Policy

A Hard Day’s Night

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Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Niebuhrian Mean

Reinhold Niebuhr, the distinguished theologian and theorist of “Christian realism,” used to be a major intellectual presence in the United States. He was that rarity, a theologian and public intellectual ...

Sections

Athwart

Wine in the Red

Paul Ryan’s in a restaurant, enjoying a meal with some economists. Perhaps they had some of that delicious Road-to-Surf-and-Turfdom. The meal’s gotten to the stage of satiation where you’re dawdling ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

  THE MAN ROBBED AND BEATEN AND LEFT FOR DEAD Across the level road I see Somebody. He looks back at me. (And help will come, or help will pass By these outdated wisps of ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Remembering WAR I am not sure there is anyone left at NR who will remember me. However, I worked for William Rusher as his secretary from March 1963 until the late ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ In all fairness, he promised he’d stop the seas from rising. He didn’t say anything about the debt ceiling. ‐ The June jobs report was a dark cloud with dark ...
The Bent Pin

Softboiled Speech

There is nothing quite like a letter from an NR reader. Here’s the one that gave me the idea for this column: I note with concern your use of “gay” in ...

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Elections

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