The West's Dilemma
So do Western countries encourage democracy when advocated by overtly Islamic parties? Or is the espousal of democracy a means and not an end? With no track record it's hard to decide: and the debate is still on-going, even within the US State Department. If Muslims could demonstrate that Islam and Democracy are compatible this would make life much easier in Western capitals and resolve a dangerous inconsistency: to support democracy against those (Muslims) who profess to endorse it. Western countries end up propping up un-democratic regimes.