|09-14-2011, 03:46 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2010
The Arab Spring
I just posted this on my blog, and was eager for some input, not on the blog post, but on the Arab Spring itself.
Bouazizi's self-immolation would set off a series of mass protests, strikes, marches, rallies, and riots by the endemically unemployed and disaffected youth across the Arab world, first in Tunisia, then in Egypt, then in Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Morocco. Some of these uprisings, as in Saudi Arabia, would be subdued by governing authorities; but others, as in Tunisia and Egypt, would lead to outright revolutions; still others, as in Libya, would lead to civil war. And as of this date, it's not over. In what is being called the Arab Spring, young Arabs, angered by the economic decline and political corruption in their respective countries, are taking to the streets in what some have called the "fifth wave of democracy," so called, as it brings to mind the "third wave", experienced throughout Latin America in the '70s and '80s.
To be sure, and the reason why we post this text, the United States is not immune to being the object of such protests as the Arab Spring is generating, as the sentiment of it begins to extend beyond Arab borders. On Sunday last, while we were paying our tributes to those lost in the 9/11 tragedy, about 100 or so Arabs in England were burning an American flag in protest. Yet, although many of us in the west are oblivious to the import of the Arab Spring, (after all, we have our own economic decline and political corruption to deal with), those of us who know our history can certainly empathize with democratic uprisings. Hence, we are sympathetic to their cause, if only by necessity, tacitly so.
|09-14-2011, 06:41 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2008
These uprisings would not have worked without western pressure especially Libya. It's only egypt, that the soldiers refused to fire on it's own people. This definitely could not work in the west. Everyone including the poor have too much to lose. WE ARE ADDICTED TO WESTERN STABILITY. We like things running like clock work. We could not stand loss of order. Besides western soldiers are far better trained.
Plus as the London riots and Arab uprising showed twitter and blackberry messenger played a critical part in the coordination of the unrest. In London there was constant debate whether to deactivate the service. If a real uprising came, social networking and mobile texting will get shut down in a heart beat rendering the communication of the protesters nonexistent, effectively killing protest. This is why china heavily censure their net. This is why united Arab emirates wants to kill bbm.
At least. The Arabs have the wests example to follow interms of building an infrastructure. If England and America has Similar uprisings. Super bad.
First the world monetary system will collapse. Notice all the Arab dictators had their wealth in western currency in western banks. If the west topples whuo do we lean on for stability, china? you notice with the changes in Arab governments the western diplomats are there to assist with trade ( for their selfish reasons) Britain recently unfroze Libyan money. Besides these uprisings were partly tribal, a problem we don't have in the west.
Nope, they rely on our markets to flog the stuff they make for cheap. The ordinary westerner loves stability. Loves going to collect a pay check once a month. Loves knowing the prices of goods will stay the same relative to his pay check. Loves constant electricity, water, heat.
Last edited by Orecle; 09-14-2011 at 06:47 AM.
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