Lawrence Rosen

Power vs the People

Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East

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‘Why can’t a woman be more like a man?’ Henry Higgins’s complaint in My Fair Lady often translates, in Western perceptions of Middle Eastern politics, into: ‘Why can’t they be more like us?’ George W Bush assumed that if we simply cleared out the old regime a democracy not unlike our own would grow naturally; Tony Blair said democracy isn’t about voting but about changing your way of thinking. But whatever its immediate political consequences, wanting others to be like us almost always entails some distortion of our shared history.

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