Repressed for decades, the Syrian Kurds have been divided, marginalized and doubtful with respect to Syria crisis. Trusting neither Syria’s regime nor its opposition, the Kurds have declined to take an active role in anti-Assad protests.
Bad news are coming out of Libya in the past month. The National Transitional Council (NTC) seems to be a transitional body itself, unable to give Libya any kind of stability and direction in the post Gaddafi era. Heavily armed militias – not signing up to a national agenda – have taken the law in their own hands, controlling territory here and fighting each other for influence there.
Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 book The End of History and The Last Man was misinterpreted as a triumph for democracy in the wake of the fall of western communism. It was therefore easy to laugh at him being hopelessly wrong as the New World Order collapsed in the late 1990s and new enemies appeared to replace old bugbears.