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1 Destro  Fri, Aug 10, 2012 5:58:36am

The reason that Islamism is in the forefront now is because the Arab world has failed to find an ideology that can get it through its post colonial phase.

The Arabs were part of the Ottoman empire, which was one of the worst run empires ever and impoverished its domains.

So the Arabs tried nationalism.

But that came in conflict with European colonialism which took over from the Turkish colonialism.

Sothe Arabs tried nationalism again with socialist liberation ideology - and that seemed to work in getting rid of the European powers.

But then came the Cold War and socialism was not working so well or was not allowed get started by the Americans.

Over time the post colonial regimes became ossified. Arab people looked for an alternative and they tried everything else it seems and it failed them so now they are trying religious based politics with a dash of American style elections and populism.

If Islamism fails them then they will ditch it also just like they ditched Ba'athism.

2 Bob Levin  Fri, Aug 10, 2012 7:50:09am

I will make one comment and that's it. The issue is not political, or even historical. It's geographic. The Arab world lives in a desert. Water would have had a remarkable effect on historical and political development. The problem is still water, not post-colonialism. Post-colonialism is easy to solve. America did it. India did it. China did it. And if allowed, African nations could do it. Of course, the North American continent, the Asian continent, and the African continent have water.

The title of the famous book should have been Guns, Germs, Steel, and Water.

3 Eclectic Infidel  Fri, Aug 10, 2012 12:01:48pm

So access to water will somehow transform the Arab Muslim world into a democratic peace-loving region? Really? All that vile anti-semitism will just whither away in an aquatic oasis?

4 theye1  Sat, Aug 11, 2012 7:39:39am

re: #3 Eclectic Infidel

I've lived in several Arab countries, and most anti-semitism in the region is more out of ignorance then anything. More serious is the entrenched misogyny literally everywhere.

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