“Was the Arab Spring Worth It?” wondered CNN in its segment “Situation Room.” And it’s gotten a whole rash of angry responses. Arab Spring activist Nasser Weddady addressed the question, broadly, on The World last week. He’s with the American Islamic Congress.

As he and others point out, America’s transition to statehood wasn’t without bloodshed. There was the American Civil War. Just this week, The World remembered the immigrants, mainly Irish and German, who fought in the battle of Antietam. Then there was the civil rights movement and women’s right’s movement; not exactly shining moments in American history.

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