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.
Every human heart does not yearn for freedom. As Andrew C. McCarthy explains, In the Islam of the Middle East, “freedom” means something very nearly the opposite of what the concept connotes to Westerners — it is the freedom that lies in total submission to Allah and His law. That law, sharia, is diametrically opposed to core components of freedom as understood in the West — beginning with the very idea that man is free to make law for himself, irrespective of what Allah has ordained.
Learn more in Andrew C. McCarthy’s Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy.