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Tribalism Drives Middle East Violence

Take a look at recent news reports from around the Arab world and you’ll notice an unusual commonality. Egypt’s government “struggles to rally Sinai tribes,” reads one Reuters headline, while the title of a Gulf News article recounts that former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh “fears tribes will shift allegiance” to his successor, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Oxford Research reports on the “local, tribal and fragmented” nature of militia power in Libya. CNN covers a U.S. special forces mission to “accompany tribal, Arab and Kurdish forces” in Syria. From theBBC, “Iraqi tribes clash with jihadists in IS stronghold of Falluja.” The UAE daily The National proudly notes the “tribal and military influences” in local designer Huda Al Nuaimi’s spring/summer 2016 collection.

Ok, you get the idea – tribalism is big in the Arab world.

  • luna

    So before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel.

    Leon Uris, The Haj

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Yup. The only thing they agree on is cutting Jewish throats from right to left, not left to right…that would be all wrong…

  • simus1

    Class also does its part to complicate the simplest initiatives for those foolish outsiders unaware of how things really get done.

  • john700

    Sorry, but tribalism is big everywhere. Only stupid white people don’t realize that.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      ? …like where? A tribe of Rolling Stones fans? A tribe of fly-fishermen? A tribe of cross-country skiiers? Clue this stupid cracker in, whydotcha, instead of doing a typical shit-and-run attack….