May 30, 2012

Can Tunisia Move Beyond Anger?

Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

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Millions of European tourists visit Tunisia every year, at least when they aren't jittery about an unstable post-revolutionary environment, but they go to the beach in the summer and to the glorious Sahara in winter. Backwaters like Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine in the country’s Sahel region have no pull on anyone. These are places everyone wants to escape from. The triangle on the map between Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine, and Gafsa makes a perfectly logical epicenter for a rage-filled revolution. It's an angry place. And that anti-government anger spills over to Israel, the United States, and the relatively prosperous cosmopolitan elitists on the coast.

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TAGGED: United States, Arab Spring, Tunisia, Israel, Africa


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