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The Arab Spring

I do support the Arab Spring because the Middle East needs change. There has been so much corruption, poverty, unemployment, unfairness through the governments and a decline in education opportunities too.

I do not like of course that many have lost their lives but it is only through this type of sacrifice change can come. Revolutions to change governments and whole countries by regular people who are just tired of the life they live. So inspiring to see the courage and determination of both young and old.

There is a process like with all things and it gets worse before it gets better. But a least now people are willing to be active and say no, this isn't what they want for their country or their lives.

Governments need to stop thinking they can manipulate and carry on the way they wish at the cost of their own people. So much cheating and corruption is involved drastic measures like these revolutions are inevitable.

May the people use their strength and vision to make the change needed to overthrow governments now and most importantly have the ability to establish a new and better government than before. Because I see there are two parts to this. Bringing down the old and starting the new. The second part may be the most difficult.
soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 5 Responses Feb 18, 2013

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I am from one of those countries , but I dissagree with you becasue life got worse and worse
you say that becasue you are not living in any of those countries.
come to Yemen and you will see.
killing and fights are every where same as Egypt, Lybia and Syria.

I agree it has gotten worse, but with every revolution there is struggle and death. It has to happen for change to occur.

change is a slow process. we are seeing the only the beginning of what is likely going to be a very long term process.

The people in Egypt are really frustrated. The ones right around all the activity. It's bad. And Syria? I have close friends whose families no longer have anything. The had to move to other cities. Their whole city demolished. Family members missing too. Sad stuff.

Great post Soul - thanks for sharing. I'm also a firm believer in sacrifice for the greater good; but it takes everyone on board to be effective. Save for Egypt and Syria, the Arab Spring has been a monumental success overall.

Thanks for your comments.

I agree that "[t]he second part may be the most difficult." It strikes me that countries like Tunisia and Egypt are at risk of simply trading secular dictators for Islamist ones.

Yea, I mean every group has their agenda of course, none of which seems to be making the people top priority. So citizens suffer even after as well. Like now in Egypt..people are not any better off. And now, most don't even know which side is best to support. So they end up suffering anyway...long process.

True. I think it will be unfortunate in the extreme, however, if the peoples of that region simply trade the tyranny of a Mubarak or Assad for the tyranny of a theocracy like Iran.

Yea, that's true. There is always a disconnect between government and people...I have friends who have family in Syria, I have family in Jordan and Palestine, and for them it's such a helpless situation. They are just waiting to see what happens next...

I can understand the "helpless situation." There is an argument that, in nations with a history of bad government, revolution changes the names but does not solve the fundamental problem (think Russia, Cuba). Still, that is not a reason to simply endure the status quo.

I agree. :) Thanks for the comments.

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