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Who’s to Blame for Arab World’s Chaos–and What to Do?

by Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart:

The horrific violence in Egypt has triggered another round of “I-told-you-so’s” among American skeptics of the Arab Spring. There is a bit too much eagerness to see the very goal of Arab democracy as a failure, and also to heap blame on President Barack Obama–almost (but not quite) as gleefully as leftists and so-called “realists” blamed George W. Bush for everything that went wrong in the Middle East during his presidency.

The responsibility for what is happening in Egypt and elsewhere is shared–and it begins in the Arab world itself, which has little of the civic culture necessary to sustain democracy, and only weak and opportunistic notions of human rights and individual liberty. The authoritarian regimes to which many critics of the Arab Spring would consign the people of the region were, and are, largely responsible, for the lack of progress.

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