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Submitted by SAKOVKT (United States), Jan 4, 2016 at 16:56

Sure, I can see this.
A major American and possibly British malady is to see enemy movements as monolithic when, in fact, both the Fascist and Communist Movements were full of contentions.
To Continental Europeans with complex affairs like the 30 Years War in their tradition, perhaps not so much so.
I can imagine many Muslims viewing Islamism as a remedy for their corrupt regimes as any Conservative American might see a return to Christian virtue as a solution to our own political problems.
It may well be, that success is the one thing Islam can't handle because that will present the fact that Islam is not Christianity and Islam is not able to resolve the problems of the Arab Spring.
Flip side : We might view Mubarak or the Iranian Shah with a certain nostalgia for quieter times.
But these characters were installed by Western subversion and never did much by way of improving the lot of anyone but Western corporations and gov't interests.
They were also corrupt.
"Arabs" then, must come to the difficult conclusion that while the West may indeed be an enemy, their nostalgia for the Ottoman Empire is just as misplaced as ours.

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