Index ranks Middle East freedom (BBC, 11/18/05)
There is a wide range of democratisation across the Middle East, a survey by a leading research and advisory firm has found.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked 20 countries on 15 indicators of political and civil liberty.
The Index of Political Freedom lists Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories as the most democratic parts of the region.
Libya received the lowest rating, below Syria and Saudi Arabia.
Hard to imagine how things could be going any better in the region. At a similar point after Pearl Harbor the peopple of Eastern Europe still had fifty years of totalitarian oppression ahead of them.