2011-03-09 11:39:00

Attempts to force democracy onto Middle East will increase Islamic radicalism - Rogozin

Moscow, March 9, Interfax - Attempts made by Western countries to bring democracy to the countries of the conflict-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa will increase Islamic radicalism in the region, Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said.

"All revolutions are started by left-radical elements. They may fight for power using pro-democratic slogans. However, we eventually see the same face of Islamic radicalism," Rogozin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

"That's how it will happen because as a result of these events the West will be faced with a large flow of refugees and the radicalization of political regimes in the area they are now trying to do good," Rogozin said.

He believes the Western countries are wrong to regard the opposition forces that have recently intensified in some countries of the Middle East and North Africa as democratic. "The West is trying to regard these opposition forces, which as they say are attacking tyrants, from a democratic viewpoint. They are again parachuting their own democracy in its Western understanding," he said.

Rogozin said the West will be having problems because it "is trying to get into everything, help, and bring order, but it only leads to chaos and broken pots."