http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articl ... 12301.htmlTony Blankley wrote:At the moment, I have in mind the latest blunder by the experts -- their assessment, just a few months ago, of the nature of the Arab Spring and its democracy movement. Back in spring, the leading experts -- from the Obama administration to the neoconservatives on the right to the major liberal media to most of the academic area specialists -- were all overwhelmingly predicting that all those great secular, liberal, college-educated kids with their iPhones in Tahrir Square represented the new Egypt and would bring all their wonderful values to the revolution. .... Well, the early returns are in. (There are still two more rounds of voting in 18 of the country's 27 provinces over the next month.) But the Islamists look likely to get 65 percent to 70 percent of the eventual vote. According to the High Election Commission, the Islamic fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party got about 36 percent, while the Salafist Nour Party got a stunning 25 percent.
The grand total for all the parties that are considered the liberal-secular bloc -- the makers of the glorious Arab Spring democracy was, wait for it -- 13 percent.
Thirteen percent. Talk to certain Madisonians long enough and they'll go out on the twigs of a limb to try to convince you its like "Leave it to Beaver" over there, ready at a moment's notice to gloss over extreme fundamentalist views, governments whose laws come from religious doctrine, in cultures hostile to women, gays and non-believers; holocaust denial is widespread even as those poised to obliterate Israel are hoping for a repeat.