In Algeria it might actually have been better to let the islamist party form a government than basically nullifying the election instead which has contributed to the terror and chaos they have now.
The turkish "islamist" government, for instance, has pushed for an unprecedented series of democratic reforms in their bid for EU membership, with uncharacteristic support for civil rights reforms among other things.
Turkey and Algeria are two different countries, Klaus. You know as well as I do that there's all shades of "Islamist" parties. It's impossible to tell if the Algerian "Islamist" party would have turned out as Turkey's Justice and Development Party has, or more in line with the Taleban of Afghanistan; since Algeria has suffered from terrorism and near-civil war for decades, my own opinion leans towards the latter. But it's a What-If scenario.
But I don't think that recent moves in Turkey to ban adultery
(alas, that has been dropped after Turkey received external
pressure against it), and the fact that some 'key' legislation
to Turkey's penal code, apparently a necessary requisite for accession to the EU, was also withdrawn, gives me a feeling that - maybe
- the Justice and Development Party isn't as progressive as you would describe them, after all.
I don´t know all the details about the algerian situation, but the coup we´ve seen doesn´t look like a really good idea in hindsight
Hindsight is always 20-20.
Besides, I have a difficult time believing that you would trust any political group that resorts to violence or terrorism to achieve its aims, to effectively run a country. I wouldn't... it usually shows poorly upon that political movement to actually govern fairly and without violence once they've met their aims and control the country.
So far, rebel movements and groups that utilize terrorism have a less-than-stellar track record when it comes to governance - the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Communists in China, Isaias Afewerki in Eritrea, the Kabilas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe..... And FARC in Columbia, even though they do not control the entire country, have an integral part in the cocaine trade in the autonomous region which they run.
So, how about the Basque ETA? Or Sinn Fein? Could they effectively run a government? Judging by the factionalism and infighting amongst their own supporters, I have serious doubts.
In my opinion, the Algerian military made a move to protect the government and nation which they had ultimately sworn loyalty to - a system of government which would have been fundamentally changed had the Islamic party came to power.