1. The upheavals of 2011 were provoked by the Bush administration’s overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq
2. President Obama was wrong to ask Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
3. Muslim radicalism benefited from the revolutions in the Arab world.
4. Muslim religious groups spear-headed the revolutions.
5. The uprising in Bahrain was merely a manifestation of sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiite
6. Iran was behind the uprising in Bahrain.
7. The Arab Spring is a Western plot.
8. The intervention of NATO in Libya was driven primarily by oil.
9. The Arab dictatorships now overthrown or tottering were better for women than their likely Islamist successors.
10. The Arab upheavals are an unmitigated disaster for Israel.
Juan Cole, as per, offers sound reasoning for why each of these is considered a myth. The Arab Spring has been an amazing thing to watch, and brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion for more than one reason. Overall, we here at RPN consider it a *VERY GOOD* thing, and believe a (more) free and (more) open society is the best way to inoculate against violent radicals.
The more people feel a part of their country/community/culture the more likely they are to work to make it better. Only those who feel apart from everything feel justified in destroying it.