Los musulmanes quieren democracia, pero no impuesta

28.02.2008 @ 17:41 \05\Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:41:45 +0000\45 +0000 UTC

Por un lado los entiendo. Si tu país va a tener democracia así como Iraq, mejor “Gracias, pero no gracias”.

Además se oye muy feo eso de “vamos a ir a imponerles democracia”. Es algo así como “Vamos a invadir su país y a mangonearlos como queramos”.

The largest survey to date of Muslims worldwide suggests the vast majority want Western democracy and freedoms, but do not want them to be imposed.

The poll by Gallup of more than 50,000 Muslims in 35 nations found most wanted the West to instead focus on changing its negative view of Muslims and Islam.

The huge survey began following the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.

The overwhelming majority of those asked condemned them and subsequent attacks, citing religious reasons.

The poll, which claims to represent the views of 90% the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims, is to be published next month as part of a book entitled Who Speaks For Islam? What A Billion Muslims Really Think.

Mr Bush wondered why radical Islamist militant groups such as al-Qaeda hated democratically elected governments, as well as “our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assembly and disagree with each other”.

But one of the book’s authors, John Esposito, says the survey’s results suggest Muslims – ironically even many of the 7% classing themselves as “radical” – in fact admire the West for its democracy and freedoms. However, they do not want such things imposed on them.

“Muslims want self-determination, but not an American-imposed and defined democracy. They don’t want secularism or theocracy,” said the professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington.

“What the majority wants is democracy with religious values.”

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