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Friday, February 18, 2011

Change is coming to the Middle-east


All across the Arab world people are rejecting kings and dictators who have ruled without any input from the public for decades. People are saying this is enough.
They have seen what happened in Egypt/جمهورية مصر العربية and they will not put up with such nonsense anymore. Some countries such as Bahrain/مملكة البحرين‎ are allies of the US. Others such as Iran/ جمهوری اسلامی ایران are opponents. It doesn’t seem to make a difference. Change is coming and there is no way the US or anyone else can stop it. But that doesn’t mean everyone in the US is happy about this. The other night Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US would support allies such as Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa/ حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة.
Of course the US would like to see an end to the anti-US Shiite theocracy in Iran. Many people living there would also like an end to that regime. But they may also have to live with new government in Bahrain, Jordan/المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية and other key allies who have shown no interest in democracy. The US has also made no effort to persuade them to be more democratic. And yet in the words of our own Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792;
“A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.”
These changes will make life better for those who live in the Middle-east but it will also mean changes in US foreign policy.

We can also add that the Middle-east is now a breaking point of US imperialism. It may be a much bigger breaking point than the ruling empire is willing to admit. But it is unlikely the US will be able to control an uprising of this magnitude. In the short run this may be the best thing that can happen to our evil empire. -សតិវ អតុ

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