I have been loath to specifically analyze the events unfolding in the Middle East, mostly due to their continually-shifting nature, and their forever-evolving goals and ambitions. But so it goes. It began with calls to action on social networking sites, followed by actual manifestation in the streets with thousands lined up to commit to the prospect of true freedom. Upon further involvement by millions of others, armed with hopes and ideals for the future, it turns into a full-scale revolution. In some countries, such as Egypt and Tunisia, the military stands back and is dutifully peaceful. In other countries, Bahrain and Libya, the opposite is occurring. Government thugs have taken to the streets and indiscriminately killed any and all protesters in the streets as a measure of how far the government is willing to go to sustain its power. While the state has continued to crack down on those wishing it’s demise, the people in Egypt and Tunisia have been successful in toppling their own governments, holding steadfast to the doctrine laid out in the American Declaration of Independence 235 years ago:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
While new government has been instituted in these states, some are still entirely skeptical, such as the Centre for Research on Globalization, who vehemently claim the military in Egypt and Tunisia are maintaining the status quo. They provide evidence that the same men who backed and supported Mubarak while he was in power are effectively the ones pulling the levers now.
However gloomy the analyses, majority opinion prevails in crowning this a true rise of revolution. Oppressive dictators and pseudo-democratic processes, both backed and strengthened by the West, have crumbled in view of the youthful actions of heroic men and women in the streets. Youtube videos, social networking, and alternative media have unveiled the decadent and virtuous aims of those roaming the streets, hoping to cling to the ideas of liberty and justice which have ordered the rest of the world’s societies.
The Economist’s piece does its part to fully explain the details of the revolts across the Arab nations, seen here in this map from their print edition:
While their descriptive writing is clear and concise, the background details which line the story are left to the dustbins of history. Nowhere is there mention of the 30 year support given to their dictatorial regimes by every major power in the West. Nowhere is there mention that the United States is the number one supplier of arms, military gear, and advanced technology in states like Egypt and Jordan. Nowhere is there mention of the media’s silence during the many decades of oppression so as to avoid “bad press” for these “seemingly” innocuous nations.
As the youth in these nations turn away from autocratic power and toward liberating and emancipating ideals, let their struggles yield ultimate peace and prosperity. Let their passionate push for a new dawn be felt across the world and seep into the hearts and minds of all those who live without liberty today. Let this be the axiomatic catalyst for a new way of life and living, free from the chains of dictatorial authority and tyranny.
Come the revolution.