PIPES: Islamists are worse than dictators
This issue came up in an interesting debate for Intelligence Squared U.S. in early October when Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress argued, 'Better elected Islamists than dictators,' while Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and I made the counter-argument. Well, no one really argued 'for' anyone. The other team did not endorse Islamists and we certainly did not celebrate dictators. The issue, rather, was which sort of ruler is the lesser of two evils, and can be cudgeled toward democracy.