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The rise of ISIS on the ashes of the Arab Spring has culminated with a new generation of revolutionaries adhering to a distorted version of Islam.Arab rulers and military regimes went on to crush the rebellion as in the case of Syria or to exclude them from the political game by using popular protests movements to crack down on them as in the case of Egypt.The feeling of injustice is also fueled by the growing Sunni-Shiite divide and Iranian policies in countries home to majority Sunni communities such as Syria or large Sunni minorities such as Lebanon and Iraq.Iran's policies in these three countries dovetailed with the failure of moderate Islamist movements, and political figures have convinced a number of Sunni youth that they will never be treated equally.Building on this sense of injustice, ISIS has provided this new generation with an attractive ideology built on a Manichean view of the world. However, beyond the rationales behind the rise of ISIS in the region, its mere existence reminds us of the profound crisis of conscience faced by the Arab world.
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