Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | RubinReports | By Barry Rubin
The “Arab Spring” is now officially over. Basically it accomplished nothing.
It is officially over because Tunisia, whose revolution started the whole thing, has fallen.
Tunisia’s electoral democracy was as much a failure as Egypt’s. The governing Islamist party failed.
— The crisis paralyzed the county.
— Two moderate politicians were assassinated with Islamist involvement.
— The opposition walked out of parliament necessitating a caretaker government.
— The powerful trade unions protested.
— Islamist radicals created an increasing amount of violence, including the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tunis last year and terrorist attacks.
— The economy has been a disaster.
Egypt had a coup; Libya has the growing power of radical Islamist militias.
It’s over; it didn’t work; democracy failed.
Now comes the Age of Islamism not the Age of Democracy. That means: Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza, or who knows?