The Arab Spring of 2011-2012 was a journalistic euphemism intended to evoke reminiscences of the 1968 Prague Spring, or a peaceful demonstration against authoritarian rulers to bring about "socialism with a human face". It ultimately was a bloody disaster and led to the rise of the Islamic State, eleven million dispossessed refugees and 300,000 dead in Syria. Libya, Yemen and other states were destabilized. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton actively intervened in Syria and Libya, funnelling money and weapons to known Salafi jihadi groups. The powers that be remainined in control of secular Egypt. And Iran, with Western acquiescence, remained firmly on the path to becoming a nuclear power.
- ... the idea of an “Arab Spring” for the entire Arab world that President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and investor George Soros strongly promoted turned out to be based on a naïve idealism that instead undermined the rule of law and led to anarchy, starvation, and a refugee crisis that hurt citizens more than the dictatorships that preceded it.
The Arab Spring originally was intended to be an expression of the neoconservative view of democratization of the Middle East; it has now become the non-sensical name for the disastrous foreign policy legacies of Barack Obama, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Vladimir Putin refers to it as a "zone of chaos".
al-Qaeda is stronger in Yemen with control on some cities. In 2015 Shia Houthi-rebels took control over parts of Yemen. In Libya the Benghazi Attack occurred and the new government introduced Sharia law. Since 2011 the Syrian Civil War (mainly a mercenary war) takes place, where an Islamist opposition fights against the secular government of President Bashar al-Assad. There are also some fights between Sunnis and Shias.
The policies of US President Barack Hussein Obama with regard to the Arab Spring seemed to be in the interest of Muslim theocracy, unlike previous American Presidents who have favored governments which are secular and pro-Israel.
Following the resign of Hosni Mubarak as a result of the protests, Egypt was controlled by Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from November 22, 2012 to June 3, 2013. In June 2013 he was overthrown by the military and since August 2014 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi rules the country.
- The Best Policy Ideas of the 2016 Presidential Candidates, Gordon Anderson - February 8, 2016