The Cleveland Freethinkers Message Board › Quo vadis, "Arab Spring"?
Please read Ayaan's views. I too am neither ready to jump up and down in excitement over the "Arab Spring" nor over the assassination of bin Laden.
The Arab Spring After Osama: Ayaan Hirsi Ali vs. Tariq Ramadan
Like thousands across the world, I celebrated the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. He rejoiced in killing. But bin Laden's murder is not the end...
The point is that fighting violent extremists is only part of the battle; perhaps the easier part. The bigger challenge may be to deal with those Islamists who are willing to play a longer game.
In the West, bin Laden's ignominious death in a Pakistani hideaway has frequently been contrasted with the mass protests that have swept the Middle East in recent months. Policymakers and commentators have drawn the conclusion that the Arab Spring has triumphed over jihadism, setting the region on a high road to democracy. This is too hasty a conclusion. Let's take Egypt as an example.