Arab Governments and Terrorists

The Arab Spring has been powered by the younger Arabs realizing that they have no place to go, to grow, to prosper. That’s true for even the educated youths. However this feeling only gained political expression in a few countries. The feeling elsewhere had no outlet, no clear articulation for many of the younger Arabs. The frustration exists, but the proper target for outlet is undefined or unclear.

One danger is that the frustration that generated the Arab Spring will be redirected, by terrorist elements, from the failures of their own leaders into scapegoating Western governments.

This makes the terrorists a useful ally to sitting Arab governments. These governments fear that the economic frustration will be focused against them, where it properly belongs.

The Obama administration needs to point that out, yet at the same time they can’t not appear to be throwing the sitting Arab governments under the bus.


Scapegoating

Foreign Affairs

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