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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?
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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Obama went to begin the Arab Spring in Egypt which is still his target; Israel is just the lever.
Qatar’s wealth and Turkey’s size should not preclude us from telling it as it is: Qatar and Turkey are among the worst villains in the Gaza tragedy.
New Delhi would do well to remain aware of the predicament of Israel today.
his Tisha B’Av, and this Tu B’Av, remember: Hashem will protect us if we unite and rally around Him
Israel’s morality is underscored by its unprecedented restraint and care for loss of life.
The Gazan octopus arm is a test case, as the rest of the arms are closely watching it.
Obama has chosen shaky ally on the way out over strong ally solidly in the American orbit.
World War I had sown chaos throughout the centuries-old Jewish communities of Eastern Europe.
The IDF pounding continued and it again seemed only a matter of time before Hamas would be forced to accept the Egyptian proposal.
Nothing is ever so clear in the complex and often brutal calculus of urban warfare.
Let me make it plain. There will be mass murder, even genocide in Syria.
A large number of pro-Obama and radical or even anti-Israel cadre are Jews.
Does anyone think the Palestinian Authority will resist daily attacks from Hamas and Fatah radicals?
The Obama Administration plan is very simple, assuming that everything goes smoothly–which of course it will not.
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