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Arab Spring Officially Over

It’s over; it didn’t work; democracy failed.
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Originally published at Rubin Reports.
The “Arab Spring” is now officially over. Basically it accomplished nothing.Will anyone speak these honest, obviou words?

It is officially over because Tunisia, whose revolution started the whole thing, has fallen apart.

Tunisia’s electoral democracy was as much a failure as Egypt’s. The governing Islamist party failed.

–The crisis paralyzed the county.

–Two moderate politicians were assassinated with Islamist involvement.

–The opposition walked out of parliament necessitating a caretaker government.

–The powerful trade unions protested.

–Islamist radicals created an increasing amount of violence, including the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tunis last year and terrorist attacks.

–The economy has been a disaster.

Egypt had a coup; Libya has the growing power of radical Islamist militias.

It’s over; it didn’t work; democracy failed.

Now comes the Age of Islamism not the Age of Democracy. That means: Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza, or who knows?

Barry Rubin

About the Author: Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at www.gloria-center.org.


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