Thursday 23 November 2017

Carnage comes to the one nation that actually had a successful Arab Spring

A Tunisian soldier stands guard in front of the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres south of the Tunisian capital following a shooting.
A Tunisian soldier stands guard in front of the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres south of the Tunisian capital following a shooting.
A member of the Tunisian security forces in Sousse after the gun attack on holidaymakers

Colin Freeman

The fact that there are still tourists to attack in Tunisia tells its own story. Ever since it became the birthplace of the Arab Spring in 2011, the tiny north African nation has been the only country in the region to enjoy anything approaching stability after the overthrow of its resident dictator.

While Syria, Yemen and neighbouring Libya are now in various stages of meltdown, and Egypt has retreated back into military rule, Tunisia has successfully staged not one but two sets of parliamentary elections, forged a constitution, and slowly moved towards becoming a proper democracy.

And, as yesterday's attack on the beach at Sousse shows, tourists have not been put off coming to Tunisia despite Isil's previous attack in March on the country's Bardo Museum, in which 19 people were murdered.

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