Congrats to all the people in all the countries who have had enough of dictators,kings,and all the other forms of bad governance. The only suggestion I can give is to be very specific about what type of goverment you want! Be sure that it will move you forward as a people into the new world, not backward. Alot of groups will make all kinds of promises, just make sure they can be held responsible. Watch out for the military option, they may help get ride of your current leader so they can position themseleves to take power from the people. Be sure to setup election and listen closely to all sides before you commit. The future is in your hands let the record show that you did it right! Good Luck and stay safe
I don’t like it, but I think OCTheo is right. The US’s cold war attitude was that any ally was better than none. Dictators generally needed cash and weaponry to cement their power, and the US was plenty willing to help in exchange for having a friend in the area. So long as they supported US interests, they could do pretty much whatever they wanted.
Who knows? Maybe some actual functioning democracies will replace these autocratic regimes, and maybe the US will get a chance to bring foreign policy practices in line with the classic American pro-democracy rhetoric. My unbridled optimism is really running rampant today.
More likely, a bunch of military, religious, or socialist leaders will establish new dictatorships, the US will back the wrong horse again, and we’ll have even more people in the Middle East who hate the West.
Why doesn’t the USA test Al Qaeda’s claim that all they want is the withdrawal of non-Muslim troops from Saudi Arabia? If we pull out they might just stop. Of course it might be too late, in which case we could move back in.
When will the world leaders look at history? The sure way to create a revolution is to suppress the opposition to the point where it is the only way to be heard. That is what happened after the invasion of Iraq, when the U.S. tried to destroy the military and all members of the original government, putting them in poverty and unemployment, creating an instant revolutionary support system. Suppression creates opposition, it’s that simple. Mubarak has started killing people, which will surely end up creating a right wing Islamic radical government instead of a peaceful transition to a liberal government that will support it’s own citizens. And, as usual, the U.S. will support the most violent option. Violence equals profits for America.
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