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  •  Yep, the only alternative (5+ / 0-)

    This is a reply to you and to Quicklund...

    Yes, the suppression of political activity is what caused religion to get politicized.  When you're not allowed to support anything except your government (which you hate) and state-tolerated religious institutions, you'll gravitate towards the latter as the only place you can congregate.  It necessarily, by exclusion of alternatives, becomes the sole counterweight to the state.  But it's still run by religious leaders.  So when the old state falls, the religious leaders cash in their chips and take over.

    The US made it worse in Afghanistan by backing bin Laden and other religious mujaheddin against the Soviets. There might have been other possible alternatives but Carter and Reagan backed the religious ones.

    •  Hard to find holes in this (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks very much for the interesting views. This is a most effective counter to anti-Islamic bigotry that claims Muslims are inherently drawn to autocratic gov't, or some such malarkey.

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