ARAB SPRING / Sbai: This is how the Islamists have managed to deceive the West

The Islamic world is at a crossroads today , crucial for its surviv al. Much, indeed every thing, depends on
the choice that the y ounger generation makes. On one side, there is the development of a solid
democratic model, which has nothing to do with Islamic democracy in the Middle East today as
adv ocated by the fundamentalist fringe; and on the other side, there is the y ielding to the seduction of
religious extremism, which deftly succeeded in creating a “moderate” and open image of itself with the
This was stated by Souad Sbai, former parliament member of the Italian People of Freedom party ,
journalist, and president of the Acmid, Association of Moroccan Women in Italy , in her latest book Da
Tunisi a I stanbul [From Tunisia to I stanbul] (Curcio, 201 3). She offers an all-around vision of the events
that have marked North Africa, from Tunisia to Egy pt, over the past three y ears, since December 1 7 ,
201 0, when the y oung Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, sparking the “Arab Spring” that
Western countries all too quickly cried out that it was a miracle. Unfortunately , bey ond the
appearances, there is much that is otherwise.
Ms. Sbai, is it possible, three years after the Arab Spring, to offer a way to interpret what is
happening in North Africa and the Middle East?
Yes, there is definitely a way to interpret what is common to both Africa and the Middle East: the
adv ance of radical jihadism. This is demonstrated by the fact that today , to deal with the conflict in
those areas, mercenaries are hired from abroad by the Muslim Brotherhood to re-Islamicize the entire
area, which is not considered sufficiently Salafist.



“Liberate subito i marò” e “Aspettiamo da 694 giorni. Vergogna!” Questi gli striscioni che, in mattinata, hanno fatto la loro comparsa in cima all’Altare della Patria, nel centro di Roma. E’ il blitz di un gruppo di attivisti che, capeggiati dall’ex parlamentare Pdl Souad Sbai, hanno esposto gli striscioni per chiedere il rilascio dei due fucilieri della marina Massimiliano Latorre e Salvatore Girone, attualmente trattenuti in India e che, secondo alcune indiscrezioni della stampa indiana, rischierebbero la pena capitale.