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Sean N. لونج ليف ث ريفولوتيون Long Live the Revolution


Smoke and dust fill the air, threats by the police and then the report of their weapons. A sound is heard, a voice, that first was heard in Egypt and now resonates throughout all the Middle East. This is the season of the Arabian people, this is their spring, and they are throwing of the yoke of the dictators that rule them. The Libyans have slain Gaddafi, the Tunisians have ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and many other countries fight their own personal despots. But now that the battle against the regime is won what will the Arab Nations do? These victories are not like the signing of of the Magna Charta or the Declaration of Independence. The people have made no rights for themselves, there is nothing protecting them from another tyrant. All that the rebels have fought for is a new regime, a different devil. The reward of the battle is defeat. Though Middle Eastern countries have removed the old administrations they have not replaced them with new ones. This lack of a difference in government will lead to the same problems, and the people will react in the same way. The Arabian Spring will start to mirror the French revolution, and will eventually descend into a reign of terror. Unless a new form of government with better rights for the lower classes arises more protests will break out with increasing violence. After a while the countries will descend into madness. The movement started December 17th 2010 in Tunisia when a former college student, named Mohamed Bouazizi, lit himself on fire at the local police headquarters in response to his poor treatment and the confiscation of his vegetable cart. Protests broke out in Sidi Bouzid, uniform of most the demonstrations the police responded in a heavy handed manor. Young protesters were teargased in order to disperse the protests. The Tunisian Protests resulted in the ejecting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Even though Ben Ali is no longer in power many of his totalitarian laws are still in place. In February the government had to call upon retired soldiers to help calm the country. Tunisia has had no change in government, this means, whether in years or months, they will once again be ruled by a corrupt government or a dictator’s regime.

In Libya there was a rebellion which lasted several months and ended in the death of Dictator Muammar Gadhafi. Mummar Gadhafi had a strangle hold on all media and the Economy. His government was extremely corrupt; his political opponents were brutally murdered when he came to power. HE was Typical of Most dictators of the present day.  The oppression was too much and in January of 2011. Due to no cease in corruption and the police brutality towards demonstrators rebels formed militia and wage a full out war with Gadhafi. At one point during the civil war Gadhafi had to buy mercenaries because his own soldiers refused to kill their fellow countrymen. Due to NATO support and the bombing of Libya in the Eighties the rebels were able to defeat pro-Gadafhi forces. Muammar Gadhafi died in a hole at the hands of one of those he oppressed.  The government has been handed over not to the people but to the militia leaders. For obvious reasons this is a terrible idea, the freedom fighters will use the military power to influence politics. Already there is in faction fighting in Libya. After a few years of bloody competition one of these would be Caesars will rise to power and become a dictator just as bad as Sulla or Gadhafi.

The spirit of the revolution has spread to many other countries besides the above mentioned. In Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman many major protests have broken out. Several other countries have had minor protests and riots. You could fill volumes with accounts of all the demonstrations and rebellions. There will certainly be more outbreaks in other Arabian countries and maybe some even in sub Saharan Africa. The argument can be made that the Arabian people are tired of the turmoil of their corrupt governments and will therefore bring about a non-corrupt administration. Our own Government is an Example of a rebellion that didn’t descend into anarchy. As demonstrated by the citizen journalism on the Internet and the hundreds of protests the e common people are willing to do the work in order to have a sturdy government. The Middle East may once again capture the greatness it once held in the late Middle Ages. These arguments are all well in good but the fact is the people of the Middle East do not share the same western thoughts on freedom as Americans do. Since hundreds of years before the crusades the idle East has been dominated by quasi nomadic tribes. These tribes were Brought under the rule of the ottoman empire. The Ottomans successfully dominated Arabia until World War One. After world war two the British divided the land of the Turk’s based on boundaries irrelevant to the tribes who inhabited the lands. The British government handed over the power to some of these tribes. this resulted in the a shift in power, the long feuding tribe wars were shifted when one tribe was given the support of the western governments. this resulted in one tribe having all the power, and oppression of all the other tribes. Genocide is not a foreign to concept to dictators, Saddam Hussein very nearly wiped out the Kurds and ever since its founding the Nation of Israel has been bombarded by attacks from Islamic countries. It is clear that these countries will continue going in and out of these vicious cycles of oppression, rebellion, and reinstatement of a fowl regime.

The only way to avoid the blatant oppression of the Arabian people is if the first world countries intervene, we must help the Arabian countries to from stable governments that properly represent all people. we obviously have the resources, we already poor billions of dollars fighting wars with these nations. Western nations will probably profit from the encounter, if the nations have stable administrations then we can trade oil with the nations with out worry of funding terrorist and oppressive regimes. As citizens of a free country it is our duty to direct our elected officials eyes to this situation. By speaking out against the horror of these far away places we do our part. There are those who plea that remaining uninvolved is the road the better countries must take; they remain aloof their hands clean, their pockets untouched. As children ignoring a lecture they ignore the fact that if one of these would be Caesars obtains nuclear weapons our allies, i f not ourselves will suffer the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives.we can not fight the battle of freedom for the Arabians but we can show them the strength of a government held in check by the people. As the dust and smoke settle we must wonder what will rise. From the ashes of tyranny will freedom and justice rise? We can be certain unless a conscious effort is made by the nations of the world to assist the middle East there will be only one outcome. For now, silent and hoping, we watch the East, straining or eyes to see either tyranny or freedom rise.

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