Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cradle of Arab Spring gets downright autumnal

Here's a recent story from Tunisia.

The long and the short of it is that while Tunisia may have humored the Nations of Virtue with show elections, the streets belong to the more fundamental of the fundamentalists; often referred to as " radical extremists" etc.

There's a certain disappointment in the West over the Arab Spring countries' turn towards fundamentalism.

That disappointment must be exponentially more galling among the secular educated middle class in these countries, the very people who were most vocal in their opposition to the former US-backed kleptocrats.

And while they are disappointed, these secular, educated populations are within their own countries small minorities.

Arab Spring is making the Arab world more democratic. We should not be surprised that the "fundamentalists" are prevailing. They represent the democratic choice of the majority of the people.

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