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1 Bob Levin  Fri, May 20, 2011 1:23:14pm

Netenyahu wrote that the cause of Arab terrorism is Arab tyranny. That’s looking pretty good, analytically.

2 shutdown  Fri, May 20, 2011 2:34:13pm

re: #1 Bob Levin

Netenyahu wrote that the cause of Arab terrorism is Arab tyranny. That’s looking pretty good, analytically.

However, there is absolutely no guarantee that democratically elected Arab regimes will be any better (remember, Hamas came to power in a popular election).

3 Bob Levin  Sun, May 22, 2011 1:58:23pm

re: #2 imp_62

I’d call Hamas a tyrannical regime, wouldn’t you?

4 windsagio  Sun, May 22, 2011 2:00:21pm

re: #3 Bob Levin

Tyranny is one of those handy political words that more often than not means ‘a regime I don’t like’.

It would depend in this case on how much they’re suppressing the opposition and their own people :p

5 Bob Levin  Sun, May 22, 2011 2:24:23pm

re: #4 windsagio

Netanyahu wrote a book years ago, analyzing the roots of terrorism. Several theories have floated around after the book—poverty (a theory which didn’t hold up, as many terrorists came from well to do families) was among them. Those theories tended to focus on individual issues. However, Netenyahu’s book looked at the society as a whole, the freedoms it offered, and concluded that tyrannical regimes are the cause of terrorism. The revolts in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Libya, as well as protests in Jordan, all tend to support Netenyahu’s view.

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