History UsefulNotes / TheArabSpring

4th May '16 9:53:29 PM Thecommander236
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* SanitySlippage: Just when the world thought the guy couldn't get any crazier, he started ranting about the uprising against him by his own people being fueled by Zionist agents, imperialist foreign powers and LSD,note while accusing the Western countries of orchestrating the whole thing in an insidious plot to destroy Libya's air conditioners.

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* SanitySlippage: Just when the world thought the guy couldn't get any crazier, he started ranting about the uprising against him by his own people being fueled by Zionist agents, imperialist foreign powers and LSD,note LSD, note while accusing the Western countries of orchestrating the whole thing in an insidious plot to destroy Libya's air conditioners.
4th May '16 9:26:57 PM Thecommander236
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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sunnis, Shias, Kurds and Turkmen [[{{Understatement}} don’t get along]]. And among the Shia, Da’wa, ISCI and the Sadrists have [[{{Understatement}} many differences in opinion]]. But until the Islamic State is gone, they need to work with eachother.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sunnis, Shias, Kurds and Turkmen [[{{Understatement}} don’t get along]]. And among the Shia, Da’wa, ISCI and the Sadrists have [[{{Understatement}} many differences in opinion]]. But until the Islamic State is gone, they need to work with eachother.each other.
4th May '16 9:16:14 PM Thecommander236
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* DarkestHour: The Islamic State’s offensive on the summer of 2014 which saw mass executions of across their territories, the expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the end of the Kurdish economic boom and a real possibility that Iraq would collapse.

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* DarkestHour: The Islamic State’s offensive on the summer of 2014 which saw mass executions of across their territories, the expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the end of the Kurdish economic boom and a real possibility that Iraq would collapse.
30th Apr '16 6:11:07 PM Dialh
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* IHaveManyNames: The self-proclaimed caliphate based in Raqqa officially goes by the name the Islamic State. However, most refer it to the name it had prior to declaring the caliphate, which is translated from Arabic as either the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Before the war it was Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Outside of the English-speaking world however, most refer to it by the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, transliterated as either Daesh, Da'ish, or DAIISH. [[note:]]This also has the effect of insulting said caliphate, as the aforementioned acronym sounds close to the Arabic words for "one who crushes something underfoot" and "one who sows discord". For this reason, the caliphate despises the acronym, and punishes its use by flogging or cutting out the speaker's tongue.[[/note]]

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* IHaveManyNames: The self-proclaimed caliphate based in Raqqa officially goes by the name the Islamic State. However, most refer it to the name it had prior to declaring the caliphate, which is translated from Arabic as either the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Before the war it was Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Outside of the English-speaking world however, most refer to it by the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, transliterated as either Daesh, Da'ish, or DAIISH. [[note:]]This [[note]]This also has the effect of insulting said caliphate, as the aforementioned acronym sounds close to the Arabic words for "one who crushes something underfoot" and "one who sows discord". For this reason, the caliphate despises the acronym, and punishes its use by flogging or cutting out the speaker's tongue.[[/note]]
30th Apr '16 6:09:54 PM Dialh
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* IHaveManyNames: The self-proclaimed caliphate based in Raqqa officially goes by the name the Islamic State. However, most refer it to the name it had prior to declaring the caliphate, which is translated from Arabic as either the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Before the war it was Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Outside of the English-speaking world however, most refer to it by the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, transliterated as either Daesh, Da'ish, or DAIISH.

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* IHaveManyNames: The self-proclaimed caliphate based in Raqqa officially goes by the name the Islamic State. However, most refer it to the name it had prior to declaring the caliphate, which is translated from Arabic as either the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Before the war it was Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Outside of the English-speaking world however, most refer to it by the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, transliterated as either Daesh, Da'ish, or DAIISH. [[note:]]This also has the effect of insulting said caliphate, as the aforementioned acronym sounds close to the Arabic words for "one who crushes something underfoot" and "one who sows discord". For this reason, the caliphate despises the acronym, and punishes its use by flogging or cutting out the speaker's tongue.[[/note]]
19th Apr '16 9:07:33 PM FFShinra
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Unlike the revolutionary wave at the end of the Cold War, though, only one of the revolutions--the one in Tunisia--has successfully established a democracy. However, social changes are taking root across the Arab world as people begin to question, and some regimes have made changes to prevent damage; comparisons to Europe's UsefulNotes/RevolutionsOf1848 have begun to appear in the literature.

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Unlike the revolutionary wave at the end of the Cold War, though, only one of the revolutions--the one in Tunisia--has successfully established a democracy. However, social changes are taking root across the [[UsefulNotes/TheMiddleEast Arab world World]] as people begin to question, and some regimes have made changes to prevent damage; comparisons to Europe's UsefulNotes/RevolutionsOf1848 have begun to appear in the literature.
15th Apr '16 2:26:53 PM Neakal
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!!Iraq
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Did the 2011 Sunni protests really start over legitimate grievances such as corruption and representation or were they always a front for ex-Ba’athists and Al-Qaida?
** Was al-Maliki a corrupt and power hungry leader whose sectarianism is to blame for the war or a weak leader who could not reign in on the forces pulling apart a fragmented country?
** Are the Hashd al-Shaabi sectarian militias whose Sunni and Christian members amount to nothing but tokens for good publicity or are they a pluralistic force who have singlehandedly prevented Iraq’s total collapse and represent its best chance against the Islamic State?
** Are the Kurds opportunists who are trying to get as many unequal deals as possible from a cash-strapped Baghdad to fill their own coffers or are they the only group who has consistently been pro-Western and a reliable ally against the Islamic State and are simply not inclined to trust Arabs who have oppressed them horrifically in the past?
* BigDamnHeroes: A combination of US Airstrikes and YPG ground troops was instrumental in rescuing a large number of Yazidis who were stranded on Mount Sinjar and facing extermination by the Islamic State.
* DarkestHour: The Islamic State’s offensive on the summer of 2014 which saw mass executions of across their territories, the expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the end of the Kurdish economic boom and a real possibility that Iraq would collapse.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: A great number of high-ranking Islamic State members were former members of SaddamHussein’s government. Lots of speculation abounds on whether they have become “true believers” or are just out to get their lost power back.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: If you subscribe to the Hashd al-Shaabi being the heroes, then it is fair to say that they got slapped with this trope ''hard'' after [[RapePillageAndBurn Tikrit]]. Their leadership has clamped down on such behaviour and they’ve been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMsvIDlsgiM trying to fix their image since]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani has always avoided politics and generally preached for reconciliation. His call to arms (which resulted with the formation of the Hashd al-Shaabi) was a sign for many Iraqis that the situation had gotten ''really'' bad.
* PropagandaMachine: The Islamic State was engaged in a charm offensive around Anbar and Ninevah for at least a full year before their 2014 offensive, going to great lengths to earn the regions’ support. It is telling that prior to 2014; even some of the Christians in Mosul had a good opinion of them compared to the government in Baghdad.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: The Sunni protesters on the 2011 movement went to great lengths to avoid antagonising the government, lest they invite accusations of Ba’athism or Jihadism. The government accused them of such anyway. More extreme groups used this to justify an insurgency. And this trope was soon [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized replaced by another one.]]
* RevolvingDoorRevolution: The locals of Anbar and Ninevah supported the Islamic State in hopes that it would protect them from a government they felt was corrupt and sectarian. They probably did not imagine how bad things would get.
*TeethClenchedTeamwork: Sunnis, Shias, Kurds and Turkmen [[{{Understatement}} don’t get along]]. And among the Shia, Da’wa, ISCI and the Sadrists have [[{{Understatement}} many differences in opinion]]. But until the Islamic State is gone, they need to work with eachother.
15th Apr '16 1:10:28 PM Neakal
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* ThePowerOfFriendship: In a very twisted way, this is what kept the Syrian government from collapsing through years of conflict. Despite ongoing detente, the West was quick to jump ship from Syria when the war broke out (as they had done with Libya prior). On the other hand, Russia and Iran have supported the government even at times when pulling away would have proven more beneficial for them. Putin has become very popular among government's supporters in recent times.

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* ThePowerOfFriendship: In a very twisted way, this is what kept the Syrian government from collapsing through years of conflict. Despite ongoing detente, the West was quick to jump ship from Syria when the war broke out (as they had done with Libya prior). On the other hand, Russia and Iran have supported the government even at times when pulling away would have proven more beneficial for them. As a result, Putin has become very popular among government's supporters in recent times.
15th Apr '16 1:09:43 PM Neakal
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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In an Arab League summit in 2008, Gaddafi [[https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-africa/2011-10-21/death-qaddafi-generation gave one of his famous rambling speeches]] criticising the other leaders (and himself) for standing at the sidelines instead of defending SaddamHussein during the 2003 war. His speech was punctuated by a warning Saddam's fate could soon be theirs. His audience, Bashar al-Assad among them, reacted with ridicule. It is safe to say he was remarkably prescient about the future.

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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In an Arab League summit in 2008, Gaddafi [[https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-africa/2011-10-21/death-qaddafi-generation gave one of his famous rambling speeches]] criticising the other leaders (and himself) for standing at the sidelines instead of defending SaddamHussein during the 2003 war. His speech was punctuated by a warning that Saddam's fate could soon be theirs. His audience, Bashar al-Assad among them, reacted with ridicule. It is safe to say he was remarkably prescient about the future.


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* ThePowerOfFriendship: In a very twisted way, this is what kept the Syrian government from collapsing through years of conflict. Despite ongoing detente, the West was quick to jump ship from Syria when the war broke out (as they had done with Libya prior). On the other hand, Russia and Iran have supported the government even at times when pulling away would have proven more beneficial for them. Putin has become very popular among government's supporters in recent times.
8th Apr '16 7:58:03 AM FFShinra
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* PatrioticFervor: In the initial protests, it was this trope that drove people into the streets to fight for change (since the alternative and often only choice before the Spring was to give up on the country and leave for greener pastures), and it was this trope that was used by the more resistant governments in order to discredit any changes asked of them, leading to both poles of the trope.
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