2014 October 22 Wednesday
Arab Spring Made Tunisia Biggest Source Of ISIS Fighters
Freedom and democracy in Northern Africa leads to Tunisia as the biggest source of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. Tunisia's relative stability enables those Tunisians to travel abroad rather than, say, join local militias like so many Libyans do.
Chalk this up as another success for US foreign policy. US support for Arab Spring has helped many young Tunisian Muslims to pursue their dreams of Jihad. No longer repressed by an autocratic ruler these young men can pursue fighting for the enslavement and killing of Yezidis, Christians, Alawites, and all others who reject the one true way.
Liberal Manifest Destiny collides with the real world. Can we admit that all the world's peoples are not compatible with each other and that good borders are like good fences and separate people with incompatible belief systems?
Update: The US State Department supported Arab Spring when it started happening. But US support for democracy in the Middle East goes back much further than recent years. The United States Agency for International Development (AID) has spent the last 2 decades funding the promotion of democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Has this democracy promotion made the Middle East a more civilized place?
By Randall Parker at 2014 October 22 10:21 PM
"Can we admit that all the world's peoples are not compatible with each other and that good borders are like good fences and separate people with incompatible belief systems?"
No, we will admit no such thing. Besides, don't you find the slight but nonzero risk that you will suddenly be beheaded to be kind of thrilling?
Our inability to contain the "situation" is due to our dependence on foreign oil.
We need to see "diversity" fail a little more before we admit it
Who does this royal "we" refer to? I think I know the answer to both your question and mine.
"we" = the white elite (although I am not one of them)
Translation of what I'm saying: Diversity needs to become more of a clusterfrack than it is already before the elites begin to have serious conversation about ending it
The article states that many believe this is the End of Time, in the Islamic sense. This has received little publicity, even though the most recent Dabiq magazine was devoted to it. I just found this,
And excerpt: "“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European—especially the spiteful and filthy French—or an Australian or a Canadian or any other disbeliever…waging war…then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way….” [including, one might well surmise, jihad-by-automobile]. “Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian, or military….”
This is really scary. Is this the trigger for the sudden spate of "lone wolves"?
The "We" I refer to definitely do not include you or me. It is the wealthy, the academics, and journalists who create and defend the Overton Window for this society. They who staff the Deep State.. They who pretend to have our best interests in mind as they act against our interests. They are the We I speak of.