Magazine April 16, 2012, Issue

Islamists and Men in Khaki

Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah (AFP/Getty)
Theirs is not an ideology of springtime

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
– Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Chaos theory, at least as it reaches me, has it that a butterfly flapping its wings somewhere can change the course of events far away. Something akin to this occurred in December 2010 in Tunisia. A man in his twenties was unable to find a job that matched his qualifications and the authorities then prevented him from scratching a living by selling fruit and vegetables off a barrow. He set fire to himself and died. Many, perhaps most, Arabs identified with this poor man, …

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