Newsflash: The foreign policy of Western powers like the US and Canada do not give a rats derriere if Muslim-majority countries are led by fundamentalist regimes or secularist ones as long as the world-system is not threatened. In other words, you can forbid women from driving or girls from going to school if you like, but don’t get serious about things like minimum wages, trade union activism, and protection of important resources. Just open your borders to rapacious investors from more powerful countries and everything will be ok. Guess what, whether you like Mubarak or Morsi is not a problem. It’s Nasser they are worried about. That is why the regimes in Libya, Iraq had to change and that Syria (not to mention North Korea and Venezuela) are worrisome to the West while Saudi Arabia isn't. I am not defending leftist regimes that are tyrannical and corrupt. But that is not particular to the left. It is the norm outside the West, where regimes are so weak that they are perpetually in an existential crisis. Human rights are the first thing to be thrown out the window by any regime that feels threatened. The 1970 October Crisis in Canada is a clear example of that! A few home-made explosives and two kidnappings were all it took to turn democracy into an unaffordable luxury.
Transdisciplinary scholar of Islam and Sufism.