Democracy and Islam: together ... in spite of themselves?

I'll post something serious on Egypt later, but meanwhile I was thinking about the strange bedfellows of Islam and democracy whilst listening to the song In Spite of Ourselves by John Prine. Can they co-exist? Sure, but it's against all odds, and only in spite of themselves. I can't help but laugh at all the gushing celebration of greenshoots of democracy in the Arab world by Obama and the media. It's just insane. (starts at 1:30, & the lyrics are a bit rude) ...

In truth, a successful relationship between Islam and democracy, if it ever happened, would start by acknowledging some frank truths. But even then, I don't think it will happen.

File under: against all odds.

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