Information is power, it is said, and for a democracy to survive people need information as much as they need air. Wikileaks has been the channel for exposing dark secrets, and in response the first lights were turned on in Tunisia.
Following new information and Tunisia more lights are being turned on in Egypt and Yemen. Is there also hope for those in Saudi Arabia and — can one possibly breathe any hope for the Palestinians? Or with most of their leadership either murdered, incarcerated or Quislinged, that may be one candle too many.
The winds of change that have been sweeping across Latin America appear to have at last fanned a few flickerings in the Middle East too.
It’s a tense, but hopeful, time.
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7 thoughts on “Some lights are turning on in the Arab world once again, at last”
I think that the powerful nations of the world will allow Israel to terrorize Palestine, and will eventually allow Israel to slowing kill all the people of Palestine slowly over many years, and then simply take their land. It is sad, but it is how I see it happening.
If you notice, the USA prevents any nation from selling Palestine Tanks, War Planes, Ships of any of the items necessary for them to defend themselves from the attacks by Israel. The USA has told the world that they do not want Palestine to be able to fight back, and they support Israel being allowed to slowing kill all of the inhabitants of Palestine.
I see no difference between what is happening to the Palestinians and what was done to the North American Indians and the Australian Aborigines. According to U.N. definition that was genocide.
Oh my, I’m sort of thankful, I think, that this auto-link has hooked up with a kook interpretation of the current events in the Arab world. Helps bring me back to reality about one mindset within the western powers who have been responsible for so many of the lies and quisling tryannies foisted upon the Arabs ever since the first world war.
I loved Robert Fisk’s capture of the essence of how the current turbulence fits within the history of what the Arabs have had to endure from the “pro-democratic” west: http://web.archive.org/web/20120906191751/http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-a-new-truth-dawns-on-the-arab-world-2194488.html
Democracy, apparently, is a Western luxury, not a human right. If your country isn’t already in the club, then whether or not it is permitted depends on the sufferance of the Great Powers.
I’m reminded of what Kissinger said when the Chilean election didn’t go the way Washington wanted. “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.”
See? You gotta be responsible with your elections or Daddy will intervene. In Chile’s case, they got a dose of “fatherly tough love” from their friends to the north in the form of a certain Augusto Pinochet.
Did not know you existed.
Those hopeful flickering lights were well and truly extinguished.