Most recent article by: Geert J. Somsen

Ground Zero (photo: AP)

9/11 and the Arab Spring

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The End of the ''Antithesis''

After a decade, 9/11 is over. Its main legacy – the idea that Islam is fundamentally opposed to Western democratic values – has finally lost its power of persuasion. What is making this antithesis untenable is the Arab Spring, which is revealing rather different sides to both Muslims and what the West has stood for in the past. An essay by Geert J. SomsenMore