I had an interesting talk with a friend yesterday. He and his cousin are both Syrians living in Germany, and while visiting together last weekend, they got to talking about how well they were treated by the Germans.
S said he ponders how non-Muslims treat them better than Muslims. How that saying about going to the West to see true Islam, but not as many Muslims was maybe true.
I countered, "Ah, but you know Muslims in Muslim countries aren't that way! Dictators rule so that is why people are mistreated!"
What he said surprised me. Otherwise I'd not have jotted it down for this post.
Here's the gist of it:
Before the Arab Spring I would have said the same thing: Arabs are oppressed by their dictators. But now, no. Arabs are at fault! A sizable majority like their dictators, and the ones who don't - the ones who want freedom from dictators - are not willing to put aside their differences to make something better.
They go back to "primitiveness" and tribalism takes over. No common goals, but each person for himself at the expense of the whole country.
If we really wanted freedom, we would be different.
I don't have time to go into any more right now, but that made me curious what the Arab Spring has taught others.