The Islamists have turned out not to have horns. Some have sounded scary but most have been pragmatic. So have been the voters supporting them. They seem far less theologically driven than the rank-and-file and the leadership of the Republican party.
Their real test will be how they address deeply entrenched economic problems and create jobs for the young who constitute a majority of their populations...In view of the giddiness in Western quarters that accompanied the uprisings and the assumption that the "change" would bring a form of Western-style democracy, albeit one modified to suit non-Occidentals, isn't that--i.e. mere job-creation--setting the bar rather low?