Two weeks ago two gunmen roamed along a beach in Tunisia and wound up murdering 30 tourists. Naturally, this has caused thousands of people not to come to Tunisia and has resulted in the loss of work for thousands of Tunisians. In one sense, this is a lose-lose situation for the people of Tunisia. There is no doubt that after twenty years of dictatorial government, most Tunisians do not trust their own government or they listen to the voices of hate and violence.
So, what can be done? The government just closed 80 mosques which they believe are led by imams preaching hate. PM Hassib Essid put it clear that if “we change a radical imam from a mosque,and the next day he is replaced by another extremist imam.”
The only hope lies in creating economies that provide jobs and get youth out of the cafes and talk about violence. Easy to say, hard to do.