VerMeer's Geographer

VerMeer's Geographer
The Geographer, by Vermeer, c. 1669


About Egypt...

Well said: "The unhappy fact is, however, that in Egypt and Tunisia and elsewhere in the Arab world where ferment is growing against the tyranny of their regimes, the crucial infrastructure of the rule of law, independent judges and police, free press and so on that are the necessary precondition of democracy just don’t exist."
As a result, when tyrants there fall the outcome is generally not the emergence of a free society but a tyranny far worse even than the one that has fallen – an Islamic theocracy.

From: Melanie Phillips of the (UK) Spectator

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