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August 22, 2013

End of the Arab Spring?

First Read: "The likely chemical attack in Syria, seen as the worst in the world in possibly two decades, and the coming release of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak from house arrest this morning, begs the question of whether the Arab Spring is over - and whether the autocrats and dictators have won."

"Complicating matters is that there are no good options in either country, and there is no consensus on what Obama should do... The Middle East continues to be bad choices between standing up for ideals versus a form of stability that might not always live up to democratic ideals. And the U.S.'s No. 1 ally in the Middle East is Israel, and, for now, they are in the stability first camp. They are quietly relieved the military is in charge of Egypt and when it comes to Assad, there are plenty inside that country that are of the mindset, better to have the devil you know than the devil you don't."


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