Originally Posted by longtime lurker
LOL this. Nobody just wakes up one day and decides hey let me strap a bomb up to myself.
This is a bit incorrect from what I've seen. I think to many of these disaffected people (a significant number, at least early on actually came from lower middle class or higher back grounds) it is just easier to blame the west for your problems than to take on the corrupt regimes at home who will brutally crack down on you, your family and your friends. The regimes have done a good job deflecting their own culpability and putting things squarely on the western powers. The western powers, of course didn't help by their actions in some of these countries. It's simply a lot easier to blame outside sources for your problems than the actual source of the problem.
To me it is almost akin to the slavery debate in the US. The west certainly has the blame for imperialism and how some of those nations have been carved and cobbled together, but how long can you lay blame to history and not look to those who are currently running things. For all the influence of the west the Arab spring to me clearly shows the people of these countries can topple the regimes if they truly have had enough. Libya, Egypt and others have toppled regimes and Syria is currently fighting one. They can't say the west is holding back change within any longer.