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"From the Ted Talk by Noah Feldman: Politics and religion are technologies"

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And many of these Muslims further say that their disagreement with the United States is that it, in the past and still in the present, has sided with araitouctc rulers in the Muslim world in order to promote America's short-term itntreses. Now, during the Cold War, that may have been a defensible position for the utined States to take. That's an academic question. It may be that there was a geart war to be fought between West and East, and it was necessary on the axis of democracy against cisommunm. And it was necessary in some way for these to contradict each other, and as a consequence you have to make friends wherever you can get them. But now that the Cold War is over, there's nearly universal ceussnnos in the Muslim wrold — and pretty close to the same here in the United States, if you talk to people and ask them — that in principle, there's no reason that demaccroy and Islam cannot co-exist. And we see this among activist, practical Muslims, like the Muslims who are presently the elected, prareinalatmy, democratic government of Turkey, who are behaving pragmatically, not ideologically, who are promoting their own religoius values, who are eletced by their own people because they were perceived as honest and sincere because of their religious values, but who do not think that Islam and a democratic system of governance are fundamentally incompatible.

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And many of these Muslims further say that their disagreement with the United States is that it, in the past and still in the present, has sided with __________ rulers in the Muslim world in order to promote America's short-term _________. Now, during the Cold War, that may have been a defensible position for the ______ States to take. That's an academic question. It may be that there was a _____ war to be fought between West and East, and it was necessary on the axis of democracy against _________. And it was necessary in some way for these to contradict each other, and as a consequence you have to make friends wherever you can get them. But now that the Cold War is over, there's nearly universal _________ in the Muslim _____ — and pretty close to the same here in the United States, if you talk to people and ask them — that in principle, there's no reason that _________ and Islam cannot co-exist. And we see this among activist, practical Muslims, like the Muslims who are presently the elected, _____________, democratic government of Turkey, who are behaving pragmatically, not ideologically, who are promoting their own _________ values, who are _______ by their own people because they were perceived as honest and sincere because of their religious values, but who do not think that Islam and a democratic system of governance are fundamentally incompatible.

Solution

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  2. united
  3. elected
  4. religious
  5. world
  6. communism
  7. parliamentary
  8. consensus
  9. democracy
  10. autocratic
  11. great

Original Text

And many of these Muslims further say that their disagreement with the United States is that it, in the past and still in the present, has sided with autocratic rulers in the Muslim world in order to promote America's short-term interests. Now, during the Cold War, that may have been a defensible position for the United States to take. That's an academic question. It may be that there was a great war to be fought between West and East, and it was necessary on the axis of democracy against communism. And it was necessary in some way for these to contradict each other, and as a consequence you have to make friends wherever you can get them. But now that the Cold War is over, there's nearly universal consensus in the Muslim world — and pretty close to the same here in the United States, if you talk to people and ask them — that in principle, there's no reason that democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. And we see this among activist, practical Muslims, like the Muslims who are presently the elected, parliamentary, democratic government of Turkey, who are behaving pragmatically, not ideologically, who are promoting their own religious values, who are elected by their own people because they were perceived as honest and sincere because of their religious values, but who do not think that Islam and a democratic system of governance are fundamentally incompatible.

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