I like to keep tabs on who is going to my blog and recently I noticed someone from Tunisia. I have a real sympathy for the Tunisian youth left behind in the current Tunisian economy. Of course the hit on my blog might have been the security force looking for terrorist sites. I don’t think I have anything to fear from them. I am an American, after all, and certainly no advocate of terrorism.
Tunisia with its Jasmine revolution, was the first country in the Middle East to oppose and overthrow corrupt and ruthless leaders during the Arab Spring. It was also the only country to overthrow its government and democratically elect new leaders. In the end the new leaders became corrupt and released their security forces against perceived opposition (the unemployed youth).
Due to a stuttering economy, too many Tunisians are left jobless and isolated just like they were before the revolution. This is especially true of the educated who have a strong technical skills but no education in the humanities. They are bitter and isolated and they are an easy target for to Salafist Muslims. These religious leaders preach a strict Moslem code of behavior and the hatred and destruction of infidels, especially the secularists and the Americans. Too many of the Tunisian youth, lacking hope and direction in their lives, go off to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
I guess that I feel sympathy for them and I would like them to be able to get jobs and start a family like people in our country. I don’t blame them as much as I blame an economy that is in shambles. I think that if we really helped build up the economy in countries like Tunisia, as we did with Europe after the Second World War, we could defeat terrorism throughout the Middle East. These are people are like you and I and like our sons and daughters. They need jobs to have a future and something to strive towards in their own lives.
They need jobs to enjoy recreational activities. Even though we do not live in a perfect democracy (the tyranny of the majority) in this country, and we have to keep fighting for our rights in the political forum, it is a democracy and we have hope. Tunisian youth need hope too.