The political unrest in the Arab world has been fueled by repressive governments and failing economic, social and political systems. The repercussions from these revolutions will force new actions and policies across a broad spectrum of players, from the United States to al Qaeda. Shibley Telhami says it is a new day in the Arab world as the fight for dignity and self-determination continues to spread. Change is coming; in some places it will happen quickly, in others it will evolve over time, he says.
ISIS is also keen to target Italy now because it’s one of the few major European countries it hasn’t yet struck. They’re hoping to inspire violence there so that they can say, in effect, 'we’ve already attacked your capitals in London, in Paris, and in Barcelona, and now we’ve attacked Rome. There’s nowhere we can’t reach.'