Arab Spring has predictably been an utter disaster.
By undermining the legitimacy of existing authority, it has turned the middle east into a sea of blood and fire, the worst cases being Syria and Libya.
Middle Easterners are mostly of inferior races, and at the best of times, it is hard for them to maintain the basic functions of a modern society, hard to keep the electricity running, the water running, the sewage off the streets, and all that. To operate this quite ordinary stuff in a society dominated by an inferior race requires a fair bit of arrogant confident elitism and a cheerful willingness to smack grossly inferior people around to keep them from mischief. Arab Spring has been democratic and anti elitist. Thus most of the anti Bashar Assad groups in Syria just cannot keep that stuff functioning, and keep begging the horrid evil tyrant Bashar Assad to keep that stuff operating for them.
Near as I can figure, the major reasons that Bashar Assad is a horrible tyrant is that he stops stupid people from doing stupid things and he will not let them rape and murder those of non Muslim minorities.
Oddly, Obama and the Cathedral press have unshaken confidence that Obama is on the correct side of history. From time to time they confidently predict that Putin will fail unless he overthrows Bashar Assad for the Cathedral, after many years of disastrous failure by the Cathedral in its efforts to overthrow Bashar Assad.
Obama and the New York Times and the rest live in an echo chamber, utterly impervious to outside reality. Their policy cannot be a disaster, because they are on the right side of history.
The natural outcome of democracy is that each tribe votes for its tribal interest. The result is unacceptable to all the minority tribes. War ensues, unless the majority group has a natural advantage in military struggle as well as voting, unless the majority group is the clearly superior group. If you have democracy without war, it is because you have an ethnically homogeneous society, or someone is rigging the system to produce acceptable results.
Bashar Assad’s strength is that his religion is the only religion in Syria, other than Christianity, that is tolerant enough that it can be trusted to refrain from massacring minorities and his political organization is the only one that has the basic competence to keep the basic services of a modern society functioning and the will to keep the hands of subhumans off those basic services.
The Cathedral congratulates itself that it is rule by smart superior people, but rule by smart superior people was an unprincipled exception, which exception has now been rolled back.
The effects of rule by stupid people are most immediately apparent at your DMV department, at your airport security screening, and in Syria.
If you are not getting Syrian style brownouts, the people who are keeping our power system functioning, the people who making sure you do not get brownouts, are all rather old and due to retire soon. Soon your power supply will be provided by the same people who operate airport security, because right now, white male privilege keeps the power on, and that is an unprincipled exception.