The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution | Democracy NOW!

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“[Tt]he question of an Arab Spring is a misnomer, … it’s interesting that most of the countries that were Arab nationalist regimes, not the monarchies. … [T]here was no real Arab Spring in Jordan, no real Arab Spring in Morocco, no real Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia, and in Bahrain, … and in that sense, we need to understand that this was less an Arab Spring and more the opening of an Arab civil war. You know, this civil war has been going on since the 1950s between Arab nationalist governments and the monarchies … when the uprisings began, the monarchies took advantage of it, and they entered to destroy the capacity of ordinary people to build their own society. So, it’s less an Arab Spring, more an Arab civil war, that the monarchies seem to have won.”