""I think that the tyrannies are doomed," Mr. Lewis says as we sit by the windows in his library, teeming with thousands of books in the dozen or so languages he's mastered. "The real question is what will come instead.""Here is what Lewis thinks about the involvement of the West in Middle East affairs. Bari Weiss writes:
Elections, he argues, should be the culmination—not the beginning—of a gradual political process. Thus "to lay the stress all the time on elections, parliamentary Western-style elections, is a dangerous delusion....It is a longer article and very interesting, right or wrong. Read the whole thing here.
The whole Islamic tradition is very clearly against autocratic and irresponsible rule.... There is a very strong tradition—both historical and legal, both practical and theoretical—of limited, controlled government....
Even in France, where they claim to have invented freedom, they're on their fifth republic and who knows how many more there will be before they get settled down.... I don't think we can assume that the Anglo-American system of democracy is a sort of world rule, a world ideal," he says. Instead, Muslims should be "allowed—and indeed helped and encouraged—to develop their own ways of doing things."
In other words: To figure out how to build freer, better societies, Muslims need not look across the ocean. They need only look back into their own history."
Hat tip to CaryGEE.