Welcome to chaos

The new Israeli government will have to deal with resurgent terrorism and collapsing states on all sides.

by Norman A. Bailey  |  January 31, 2013  |  ARTICLES

On various occasions in these columns I have commented on the convergence of the following factors:

  • The so-called "Arab Spring" has not resulted in the spread of freedom and democracy in the Arab world, but to the spread of fanaticism, violence and turmoil.
  • Al Qaida, so often declared to be on the way to extinction, especially after the death of Osama bin-Laden, is alive and well and spreading rapidly throughout the Middle East, the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The new political and social realities are more conducive to the growth of Muslim fundamentalism, anti-Western phobia and anti-Semitism than the previous situation.

All of this is coming together in the first month of the new year. The spread of al-Qaida-influenced insurgency and terrorism has resulted in an emergency in Algeria, until now immune from the general movement of events; and the necessity of French military intervention in Mali to prevent the overthrow of the government in that country. 

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