19 Oct '12, 9am

It's Not About Us: By: James Thomas Snyder Protests in the Middle East are about a power struggle in the

(with proper credit to Ross Douthat) – These protests were sparked by an American-produced video but ultimately this is about a power struggle in the Muslim world triggered by the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring. Conservative and Islamist groups, finding themselves no longer on the vanguard , are fighting back , using the video to stoke and mobilize their base. They certainly didn’t need the video, as the Internet is strewn with anti-Islamist rocks for them to pick up and throw. This was just a particularly good one to use, hand-hewn to the purpose. It only means that they’re on the defensive, fighting back against a political tide that threatens to them. Unfortunately, the response in the West has been virtually all about us: that our peculiar Western freedoms have once again provoked the hair-trigger ire of over-sensitive Muslims, and that this conflagration whic...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/its-not-about-us

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