This late in the game will the people - such as Barack Obama - who heralded the "Arab Spring" as the great upwelling of Arab democracy finally admit that they were mistaken? The Muslim Middle East is in flames. Egypt is perhaps the most important Arab country throughout the region and was long considered a stabilizing presence. Now it is on the verge of economic collapse, as Morsi's Islamist government violently contends with their more liberal rivals. In Syria there are 70,000 dead since the outbreak of hostilities which, by the way, represents at least ten thousand more dead than in the entire Arab-Israel conflict since 1948.
Just to keep things in perspective.
By all accounts Turkey is moving in the direction of political Islam. Tunisia is Islamist. Libya is Islamist. And most of the rest of the region is teetering on the edge.
This being the case can we finally agree that those who thought that the "Arab Spring" was about democracy were wrong and those of us who suspected that it was about the rise of political Islam were correct? Because, in truth, I have yet to see any progressive cheer-leader for the "Arab Spring" admit this. There must be some significant left opinionator out there who has, but I'll be damned if I know who it is. If you guys can point me to someone I would very much appreciate it.
Even Barack Obama, who explicitly claimed to support the "Arab Spring," has not given us even the slightest indication that he acknowledges that he was mistaken to do so. You really can't blame the White House for that, however. No American president is going to own up to a major devastating screw-up unless the press or the people force him to do so and that is not about to happen anytime soon in this case.
I do not honestly expect all those flouncy progressive-left cheer-leaders to come forward with their heads held in shame, squirting tears.
I do hope that in their quiet time they may have reconsidered, however.
Better late than never.