Why is Tunisia, the birthplace of the "Jasmine Revolution", called a failed state?

author:Zhu Wenhui

Starting from this issue, I will make a series of videos to talk about the prospects of some developing countries in 2023, this issue starts with Tunisia, the birthplace of the "Arab Spring", Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that the "Arab Spring", the so-called "color revolutions" caused a series of national collapses, may have killed more than 1.4 million people, formed 15 million refugees, and destroyed infrastructure around the world may be worth more than $1 trillion.

Why is Tunisia, the birthplace of the "Jasmine Revolution", called a failed state?

A recent report in the New York Times called Tunisia, the birthplace of the Jasmine Revolution, a "failed nation" and a "failed state" in the past decade, and said that Tunisian young people called the past decade a "black decade", and they are now beginning to miss the rule of Ben Ali, who was overthrown in early 2011, saying that Tunisia had stable prices, abundant materials, and some middle-class people living relatively well.

Especially at that time, the country's medical and education system was still relatively perfect, and now everything is beginning to decay, don't underestimate this article from the New York Times, because it reminds me of a series of articles published in January 2022 on why Haiti failed, it pointed the spearhead of Haiti's failure to French colonial rule, and since then we have seen that Haiti is now the most failed country in the world.

In Port-au-Prince and elsewhere, gangsters have taken over power, so does this article predict that Tunisia will also become the next more failed country, and the United States is beginning to dump itself? Tunisia, a small country of 11 million people in North Africa, has a particularly young population with 30 percent young people, the last so-called "Jasmine Revolution" that took place in late 2010.

A vendor in his 20s who chose to set himself on fire in public because he was dissatisfied with local control policies, was taken to the hospital, and died after a few days without medical treatment, which led to large-scale demonstrations across the country to form the so-called "Jasmine Revolution", and the local people chanted the slogan "work, freedom, dignity", and soon overthrew Ben Ali, who had ruled the country for decades, and since then they have been freed, because since then, various NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, have sprung up in Tunisia from the West.

And the Tunisian people also won their own elections, but this election everyone was overwhelmed, wave after wave, in 10 years there were ten prime ministers, and finally after tossing, the Tunisian people found that now freedom is indeed there, anything can be said, but bread is getting more and more expensive, less and less, now Tunisian people are very cold to politics, so they have turned the past decade into a "black decade".

It can be seen from the election turnout, in the first general election in 2011, when 92% of the turnout came to only 41% in 2019, everyone did not care who was elected, young people could not find jobs, there was no way out of what to do, the New York Times described several extreme choices, the first is still inspired by the self-immolation at the end of 2010, and there are constantly angry and disappointed people who choose to self-immolate in public on the street. So the beginning of the whole report starts from the burn ward of the hospital that treated the self-immolator at that time, saying that there are several times more young people who self-immolate now than at that time, and many self-immolators refuse treatment;

The second way out is those who have professional knowledge, they choose to emigrate abroad, especially after 3 years of new crown, like half of the doctors in the same burn ward have emigrated abroad, because the treatment given abroad is better, stay in Tunisia itself they think there is no future; At the third extreme, smuggling migrants without legal means, particularly in Tunisia last year, counted 15,400 people smuggled into Europe, at least 570 of whom drowned at sea.

And Europeans are also very ironic, they call the boat carrying Tunisian stowaways "self-immolation boats", so everyone remembers the story of the birthplace of the "Arab Spring" in 2010, after the Tunisian people lost interest in the so-called elections, in 2019-2021 there was a return of strongmen again, a constitutional law professor Said, who successfully seized power and used various states of emergency to abolish the past round of elections.

Of course, now from Europe to the United States do not dare to take Saeed, because they all know these 11 million people, but now there is still a government that can watch, can manage, once Saeed is also ousted, then these 11 million people may become real refugees, at that time Europe and even the United States, may not be able to cope with this wave of refugees, can not eat and go, the most interesting is the New York Times report, analyzing how Tunisia failed, it chose the following reasons:

First, it accused European countries of not providing more aid to Tunisia in the first place, wasting a whole 10 years, and now it is an unmanageable situation; Second, it blames Tunisia's bad luck, because after this so-called "color revolution", the people's interest is very high, and they all hope that through the election through this rotation can bring a better government, but at that time it encountered the European debt crisis, European countries took care of themselves, especially those southern European countries that are closer to it, there is generally political instability, plus they have no money and cannot help Tunisia, in fact, we can ask the other way around, if European countries do not have a debt crisis, Will they come to the aid of Tunisia? The answer is also no;

Third, it says that there was a civil war in Libya next to it; Fourth, Tunisia has also suffered terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists that have dealt a serious blow to the tourism industry on which Tunisia depends, in fact, the third and fourth points we have to ask who its initiator is, and the New York Times report has always wanted to avoid, that is, since 2003, the then US President George W. Bush promoted the democratic process in the Middle East, first causing divisions within Iraq, and then the "color revolution" that broke out from Tunisia caused the division of Libya and Syria. This has led to the growing growth of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, which have infiltrated North Africa and a range of other countries and regions.

After reading these reasons, the New York Times report very cleverly avoided the role played by the United States and its role in the entire process of the "color revolution", it did not analyze the preparatory process of the "color revolution", it exposed the corruption of Ben Ali at that time through a series of so-called revelations, and how its media contributed to the entire riot process, which began to dump the pot for the future situation of a failed state in Tunisia.

Of course, our netizens will also raise a question when they see this, if the current leaders of Tunisia are smart enough, choose to dock with China's "Belt and Road", start to develop some infrastructure projects, and welcome our Chinese tourists who came out of the epidemic, isn't its economy can be saved, it should be said that this is the last thing Western countries, especially the United States and some European countries, want to see, so they are now on the African side to China's investment and infrastructure there." debt trap" and "neo-colonialist" hats.

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