July 13, 2012

Arab Spring and Islamist Ascendancy

Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

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Post-revolutionary Libya appears to have elected a relatively moderate pro-Western government. Good news, but tentative because Libya is less a country than an oil well with a long beach and myriad tribes. Popular allegiance to a central national authority is weak. Yet even if the government of Mahmoud Jibril is able to rein in the militias and establish a functioning democracy, it will be the Arab Spring exception.

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TAGGED: Arab Spring, Islamism, Bashar al-Assad, Muslim Brotherhood, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Political Islam


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