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The Arab Spring isn’t any one thing

Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

Both the optimists and the pessimists got the Arab Spring wrong says Michael J. Totten in World Affairs. Now that some of the sand has settled, so to speak, “Libya needs state-building. Egypt needs gradual reform. Morocco needs as much diplomatic support from the US as possible. Syria, at this point, needs a miracle. Tunisia doesn’t need much of anything.”

But Totten isn’t offering any easy answers: “There was no other way to get rid of Muammar el-Qaddafi, nor is there any other way to get rid of Bashar al-Assad. You want them out of their palaces? You’re going to have to shoot them out of their palaces. Whether that’s worth the cost is a question with no easy answer.”


Filed in: Middle East, Politics

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