jonesy saidIt would be to easy to say that these riots are the being stirred up by religious extremism. News reports today that in Tunisia people were chanting 'give us sugar' ( price of sugar is very high ), and according to Irish media the demonstrations in Egypt are made up of a wide range of groups.
Personally I think that the populations in these countries want religious extremists as much as they wanted outside interference in their politics.
Do they have a Centrist leader who actually does represent hope for true democracy ? The poor people have been under the thumb of dictators for so long with anyone who happened to gain popularity jailed, run out of the country or killed, to whom do they turn ??
Our CIA has paid for and promoted people to lead, who in turn enriched themselves at the expense of their country's citizens, as long as they'd go along with US interests and the adjoining corporate interests. This has been done in our name all over the region and Africa. Look how hypocritical the push for democracy was in the West bank, they pushed Hamas against the PLO then with the people voted for them, the backing was removed because they didn't play the US way.
the People in these Arab Countries understand this, they don't want more Dictators, or a religious Dictatorship, What choices do they have ?? If the US would stay out of it, there might actually be some good democratic outcomes. Who wants to bet, as to whether or not the US will mind its own business and let Autonomy take place naturally in these countries??