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Claire, like everyone, I’m watching the Arab world gobsmacked, trying to keep both hopes and fears on the low boil. Two fragments of uncooked punditry keep popping into my mind. I’d like to know your opinion – and that of the Ricocheteers.
1. Like some of your commenters, I can’t help wondering if the most important thing to happen in the Obama administration is going to turn out to be the fruition – for good or ill – of the Bush freedom agenda. How big a role, if any, did W’s policies play in the current situation, do you think?
2. In my frequently hopeful moments, I’ve often wondered if the rise of Islamic extremism was a literally reactionary movement–the last horrific flame-out of an attempt to stop the reformation we all keep praying for in the in Muslim world. (I keep reminding people that the horrors of the Inquisition and the 30 Years’ War were of a piece with Christianity’s ultimate reformation.) Is this just my naturally sunshiny disposition talking, or is there any chance that what we’re seeing now is the very reformist wave the terrorists feared?
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