NO SUDDEN ARAB SPRING will transform the Muslim Middle East. Uprisings can change governments but they cannot bring civilization.
A primitive society confronted with an advanced civilization does not become civilized, it adopts some of the habits and facades of civilization in cargo cult fashion, it uses some of its tools, and hybridizes some of its ideas, but all this is done in pursuit of its existing goals. Everything that the Muslim Middle East has taken in from the civilized world has been used to pursue the same goals that it was pursuing a thousand years ago.
Since all Middle Eastern Muslim power structures devolve to the tribal, personal power is the only power that matters. – Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish (more…)