June 10, 2011

Arab Spring Just a Power Struggle

Leon Hadar, American Conservative

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Skim through old editorials that were published in the Soviet Communist Party’s Pravda newspaper during the Cold War and you’ll have a lot of fun, laughing out loud when reading about all those loopy notions that the people in Moscow held about the upheaval taking place in the Middle East at the time. Historians of the Middle East explain that the region was then going through major structural, political and economic changes resulting from, among other things, the collapse of the British and French empires, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the impact of secular Arab nationalism and socialism, the rise of military elites, and various religious, ethnic and tribal conflicts.

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