Foreign Affairs

The myth of the Arab Spring

The first fundamental truth about the “Arab Spring” is that there never was one.

“The salient fact of the Middle East, the only one, is Islam. The Islam that shapes the Middle East inculcates in Muslims the self-perception that they are members of a civilization implacably hostile to the West. The United States is a competitor to be overcome, not the herald of a culture to be embraced,” say¬†Andrew C. McCarthy, author of Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy.

Watch McCarthy explain why:

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