A year after the so-called Arab Spring blossomed in Tunisia and spread with enthusiastic Western support, developments in the region signal a protracted crisis that could threaten Arab-Israeli peace, world oil supplies and the U.S. fight against terrorism.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israeli rhetoric fuels his popularity in the Arab world as he seeks to become a leader in the region. He’s increasingly antagonizing the West as he takes on that role.
Cairo’s six-story Arcadia Mall, a symbol of modern commerce on the Nile River, is a charred ruin. Military officers now rule in place of Western-educated businessmen. Spending by a government that is already in debt is heading up, not down.