Revolutions…. Destinations… When the Dust Settles…

31 03 2011

It seems the media has ended its hiatus of Middle Eastern coverage, which was prompted by the unprecedented earthquake and nuclear disaster in the Far East. When one stops to ponder significance of the revolutionary (no pun intended) events unfolding in the Middle East, you cannot help but wonder where this will all end up. The successes in Egypt and Tunisia leave room in the mind of the Western observer a hint of optimistic hope, maybe not a hope for the right thing, but at least a hope that maybe these countries will be more similar to us in governmental organization (i.e. Democracy). And the Western observer also watches with fascination, especially with the role of technology and the recent events. But Simon Montefiore writes, “Every Revolution Is Revolutionary in Its Own Way“, in the NY Times, giving a sober analysis of the revolutions of the past, the short term effect of technology on revolutions, and the long term chaos and uncertainty that will precede any successful future:

No single American doctrine can or should fit this newly kaleidoscopic, multifaceted universe that is the Middle East from Iran to Morocco. We must realize this will be a long game, the grand tournament of the 21st century. We should protect innocent lives when we can — with limited airpower, not boots on the ground. We must analyze which countries matter to us strategically, and after the Facebook party dies down and the students exit the streets, figure out who is really controlling events in the places important to us.

Then he concludes using Lenin’s quote, “Who Whom?” that it’s all about who holds the power. It appears politics has been stuck in its juvenile Machiavellian mindset and has not matured enough to go one step further into considering the use of power as a giving away of power. Is it naive to hope for such a future?




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