Mid-East Unrest- First Hand Account

Dafeenah By Dafeenah, 5th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1o2zv2nm/
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With all of the recent outbreaks of unrest, it makes one wonder if it's a sign of something more.

Mid-East Unrest

You can't open a newspaper or turn on the TV and not see something about the recent outbreak of protests in the Middle East. While the news media portrays these events as recent, in reality they have been on-going for years in some form or fashion.

I am an American who has lived in the MIddle East for the last 6 years. I have witnessed first hand countless protests over the years in Bahrain, Dubai, and Qatar. I also have friends who live in Egypt and Lebanon who have similar stories to tell.

Majority of these countries' leaders have been in power for generations. Titles are handed down from one tyrant to the next. People are human, and as humans can only withstand a certain amount of oppression. At some point they will rise up. They will demand justice and freedom. However, in all my years of living here I have yet to see real change. While Mubarak may not technically wear the title of "leader", he and his party are still very much in power. All of this change is just an illusion to quieten the people. Unfortunately, the people are easily appeased.

Around the World

It isn't just the people in the Middle East that seem to fall for the illusion of freedom. People everywhere want to believe their government is good and just. It is much easier to ignore and pretend the corruption does not exist than to demand true and honest change.

Wealthy Leaders Impoverished Citizens

Another factor is wealth. These dictators and oppressive rulers seem to have endless pockets. They can fight or flee without worry. This is another reason that people sometimes choose to ignore the truth about the actions of their country's government.

The Middle East is a prime example of this. Some of its inhabitants are the poorest of the poor, but its leaders are the richest of the rich. The leaders have no intention of helping their people out of such poverty. For if they did, then the people would have the means to rise up against them and truly overthrough their rule.

Is there a solution?

While it is easy to talk about what should be done, it is very easy for true change to come. Having lived here for six years, I still don't know what the answers are. However, everyday there seems to be more and more questions. Unless and until an event of epic proportions occurs there will be no real change. Whatever change does occur, it will only be on the surface. I can only hope that it occurs during my children's lifetime.


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author avatar ppruel
6th Mar 2011 (#)

Well done. Honestly I love your insightful idea. Thanks.

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author avatar D in The Darling
20th Mar 2011 (#)

That's the reality on the ground. Now look at those that support to keep these dictators in power. They only talk of democracy where they don't control of the rulers to further their interests no matter how democratic they are and even go to an extent of calling them the axis of evil. Do you remember the words of Bush?

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author avatar D in The Darling
20th Mar 2011 (#)

When will Wikinut allow us to edit these comments? Look at all these typos!

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