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As Bernard Lewis pointed out, democracy has generally taken root in far-flung lands only after being bequeathed by colonialists or imposed by victors.

Democracies die in daylight →

Bernard Lewis, perhaps the greatest living scholar of Islam, noted in his 1998 book "The Multiple Identities of the Middle East" that while Shariah, or Islamic law, imposes "a perpetual state of jihad" on all lands not ruled by Muslims, the conflict can be "interrupted by truces as and when appropriate."

MAY: Talking with the jihadists is a strategy for losing →

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