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08 February 2006 @ 09:18 pm
"Self-doomed to failure"  
"the holding of bogus elections; confusion between the executive and the judiciary; onstraints on the media and on civil society; and a patriarchal, intolerant, sometimes suffocating social environment."
"People are given jobs not because of what they know, but because of whom they know. The result, all too often, is an unmoving, unresponsive central authority and an incompetent public administration."
Fear of chaos and schism are deeply engrained.
"The role of thought is to explain and transmit ... not to search and question"

No, this isn't from a commentary on the Bush adminstration, it's from this summary of the Arab Human Development Report 2002 by United Nations Development Programme.