Last Domino Standing
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  • rkka

    Then there’s the fact that the Algerian IADS has S-300s, making an air war on the Libya model… complicated.

  • Pray for the peace of Algeria.

  • teapartydoc

    If General Gordon was right, and Islam is basically Marxism, and if Jeanne Kirkpatrick was also correct in her view that authoritarian governments are more likely to evolve into more moderate regimes than are totalitarian ones, we can look at the prospects of these Arab states through a lens taking both of these opinions into account. The Marxist tendencies of Islam will tend to push these states toward totalitarianism after revolutions, which will in turn make them intolerable places in which to live. States that already have authoritarian tendencies will probably end up with immigrant populations that they will have to integrate into their economies, thus moderating their laws and national mores. These states will succeed because of their evolution, while the others descent into further bouts of revolutionary fit. Eventually, the newly moderate Arab states will have to pick up the pieces and help re-establish order. The thing for the West to do is make sure the revolutionary fits are not allowed to spill over.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    I’m still a subscriber to Fouad Ajami’s pronouncement that those Muslim lands are the lands of “I against my brother; my brother and I against our cousin; and my cousin, my brother, and I against the stranger.”

    However stable Algeria may look, and I don’t much disagree with your present assessment, those Arab-Berber, secular-Islamist, northerner-southerner, and inter-tribal conflicts remain even if currently somewhat suppressed.

    For me, Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn’t include the undermining or eradicating of Islam, you don’t have a plan. You have a hope.

  • tg

    Algeria is the bulwark to the spread of salafist ideology in North Africa.

    Syria is the bulwark in stopping its spread in the levant.

    These rebellions are not new to these countries and the military in both know full well what the consequence are if they fail in squashing it.

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @Mead:

    “t is a major source of immigrants … (France — and many educated Algerians speak French to this day), and what happens in Algeria will often spill over onto the streets of France.”

    US Ruling Class believes -no, it knows- that immigration is an uncontrollable force of nature, sort of like earthquake, not something we can control like tourism or light bulbs.

    I think US Constitution, Newton and Einstein all agree, immigration is a Cosmic Force beyond human powers.

  • rkka

    “Algeria is the bulwark to the spread of salafist ideology in North Africa.”

    So was Libya.

    And NATO became the Salafist Air Force.

  • Rich Rostrom

    Algeria is different from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Syria. The Islamists in Algeria initiated an extremely murderous insurrection there many years ago.

    Unlike these other countries, there is no one in Algeria ready to ally with the Islamists against corruption or autocracy or whatever.

    Mad dogs cannot make friends.

  • KFJ

    “Algeria … is a major source of immigrants to the former colonial power … and what happens in Algeria will often spill over onto the streets of France.”

    Another compelling argument against mass immigration.

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