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There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East and in the wider Muslim world for democratization. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Tunisia, which is dear to all of us, is going through difficult circumstances, exceptional circumstances, that necessitate exceptional measures to face them and prevent a worse situation Our security forces are in a full alert status, but we do have weaknesses as our prime minister admitted. We are not blaming anyone, but we are calling for everyone to feel and act responsibly. If such incidents happen again, the state will collapse. It is the duty of the president to take a stance. Beji Caid Essebsi
When liberty is on the march, we ought to be with it. Mike Rogers
You would be wrong to assume democracy would be the only alternative if the old regimes [in the Middle East] fell. There is a much better-organized alternative already waiting, and that is ... fundamentalism. Muhammad Heikal
It’s a complete and utter lie that the Syrian government is only going after terrorists…the Syrian government is shelling a city of cold, starving civilians. Marie Colvin
A new democracy cannot be built on the persecution of women. Hillary Clinton
If we do not help the Libyan rebels, their blood will flow and it will be a stain on the French Flag. Bernard-Henri Levy
The best day after a bad emperor is the first. Cornelius Tacitus
The best day after a bad emperor is the first. Cornelius Tacitus
If there had been Twitter at the time of the French Revolution, they would have claimed that the French Revolution was caused by twitter. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Silence is a war crime. Anonymous
The Syrian people deserve much more than complicit silence, or timid criticism from those who have failed to refer the regime to the International Criminal Court despite acknowledgement if its crimes. Razan Zaitouneh
A stable democratic system cannot be established without the effective participation of the mainstream, moderate, Islamic movement. Rached Ghannouchi
We not only need religious friendly democracy, but also democracy friendly religion. Tony Blair
A much better course would be a gradual development of democracy, not through general elections, but rather through civil society and the strengthening of local institutions. Bernard Lewis
it is not the topping of a regime that determines the overall success of a revolution -- it's dismantling the past in favor of a better future. Mohamed El-Erian
America has wearied of Middle East War. Fouad Ajami
It is the growing periphery of the Arab world - the masses at its margins, not its feeble and decaying center - that is shaping the future of the region. Wadah Khanfar
The end of some of the harshest dictatorships has not necessarily spelled a more free world. The extinction of the thing we despise is not giving rise to the democracy we hoped for. William J. Dobson
I worry that a democratic transition in this period for a state like the U.a. E. would put, us in the throes of reactionary conservatism, probably for the next 30 or 40 years. I look at what is happening in Egypt and other places, and I wonder, do I need that kind of transition? Mishaal Al Gergawi
We had a revolution 2 years ago, and we see a people moving from a completely authoritarian system into a democracy. They don’t know how democracy works. They don’t know the ingredients of a democracy. Mohamed El Baradei
America is always a good target for a populist. In many countries, particularly authoritative systems, if you want to get an extra bonus, you bash the Americans. Mohamed El Baradei
What we need is anger management right now …. The reaction right now is just anger. We tried to get even. But we shouldn’t try to get even—we should try and reconcile. Mohamed El Baradei
In a democracy, when you have 20 million people in the street, you resign. Unfortunately, we don’t have a process of recall or impeachment as you have. It was a popular uprising rejecting Mr. Morsi’s continuing in power. Unfortunately, people had to call on the army to intervene. The army had to intervene because short of that, we would have ended up in a civil war. Mohamed El Baradei
Our problem number 1, 2 and 3 is economic development. Mohamed El Baradei
American foreign policy towards Egypt, even before the Arab Spring, was tentative. When the Muslim Brotherhood moved against the NGOs—many of whom were American, President Obama, instead of raising Hell, raised questions. Hisham Melhem
Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood overestimated the extent to which Egyptians identify with Islam. And now, with their violent repression of the Brotherhood, the generals who ousted Morsi risk underestimating it. Shibley Telhami
Kill As Many Of Us As You Want. We Are Not Going To Die Muslim Brotherhood
The Egyptian people have their own free will and the Army and the police are there to implement that will. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
I blame all of Egypt, because they do not know how to talk to each other. Ahmed Mekky
Establishing a stable democracy is a two stage process. First you get rid of the old regime, then you build a durable democratic replacement. Because the first stage is dramatic, many people think the game is over when the dictator is gone. But the second stage is more difficult. There are many examples of broad coalitions coming together to oust dictators but relatively few of them stayed together and agreed on what a new regime should look like. Sheri Berman
You cannot sit down at the negotiating table and still preach violence in the streets. John McCain
We [the United States] are imperfect messengers of democracy. Lindsey Graham
…allies such as Bahrain are liable to use their American made weapons against their own people. Lawrence Korb
In all the Arab countries I have been in, the people have said that they were not demonstrating for food. They wanted dignity. Jeffery Goldberg
Dignity Before Bread! Anonymous
If we refuse to obey our own laws, can we really preach to the world the importance of the rule of law. Rand Paul
The desire for a democratic political system does not by itself create the capacity for establishing one. Michael Mandelbaum
The Arab world’s wave of change was a century in the making, Why expect its effects to become clear in the space of months Rami G. Khauri
The fall of Arab autocrats creates more risks than opportunities for the United States. As Arab political horizons expand, the space for America to pursue its interest may well contract. Aaron David Miller
Had you asked an expert on the Middle East what changes would be likely to tke place in 2011, almost none would have predicted the Arab Spring and none would have chosen Tunisia as the flashpoint. Ethan Zuckerman
No country now in transition will be able to accommodate demands for either economic security or social justice anytime soon. Robin Wright
We need a cohesive society that is tolerant. Mohamed El Baradei
The so called “Arab Spring” … is really a situation which is creating more threats so far than positive incentives. Sergei Lavrov
You see people being lynched in public, while others take pictures of the scene. Mind you, this is the 21st century—not the French Revolution. Mohamed El Baradei
Across the region, those rights that we take for granted are being claimed with joy by those who are prying loose the grip of an iron fist. Barack Obama
People mistake majoritarianism for democracy. Richard N. Haas
Morsi has appointed himself as Egypt’s new Pharaoh. Mohamed El Baradei
You can’t kill your own people and survive very long. James Baker
It is time for our great people to reap the harvest of their two revolutions. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
It’s not America’s job to fix the Middle East. Our job is to look after our own interests.. Richard A. Clarke
What starts in the Middle East never stays in the Middle East.. John McLaughlin
Western history shows that the current legitimacy crises in the Middle East is neither unprecedented in its gravity nor likely to resolve itself in any straightforward manner. John M. Owen IV
We are going through a fascistic time.. Ragia Omran