Feb 14 2011
Sorry folks, buried under family issues and a massive work load so posting has been impossible. But I can’t help but note that some kind of transformational match has been lit in the MIddle East, what with the departure of Mubarak and elections this fall in Egypt, the dissolving of the Palestinian Cabinet, protests flaring up all over.
I still don’t see this as being an anti-west brush fire, but more a pro-democracy grass roots fire storm. While Islamo Fascists groups may want to take advantage of these opportunities, I personally believe the forces behind these uprisings are to strong to be bent to any one faction’s will. The decades of frustration with the decades of stagnation while the rest of the planet ushered in the modern world with all its benefits and treasures has burst upon the international stage. There is no way to divert this force from the path it is on – even if we don’t have a clear understanding yet where that path leads. The worst decision would be to try and get in the way of the change and stop it. That can only lead to being run over and rejection by the very masses behind the transformation.
We live in interesting times. I believe most of this upheaval will be seen as progress towards freedom. Some places will slip backwards and become centers of hate and violence. There is no perfection in this universe we live in. But by and large I think the torch George W Bush lit in Iraq and Afghanistan, and strengthened in Pakistan, as turned into a historic grass roots brush fire that is consuming the Middle East and Arab countries.
Would love to hear what others think – so have at it in the comments!