Caesarea4 saidI think most of us in the free world have been living free so long (obviously not just ourselves born into it but our parents and grandparents - exceeding the collective memory) that we cannot even fathom what life is actually like elsewhere.
CuriousJockAZ saidI wish al, the tyrants could be toppled as easily as the Egyptians took down Mubarak but, sadly, I don't think Libya's Gaddafi, or the royal family of Bahrain, or other leaders in some of these countries will go down as easily. There will be much bloodshed and it is very sad to watch.
Agreed.... most dictators aren't interested in much, except how to
become increasingly wealthy at the expense of the people.
Good points - don't mistake the recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain as the flowering of democracy in those countries. The freedoms we now take for granted in the west were won over many years - kings and tyrants were also overthrown in our history and the institutions we have today were not borne whole out of those revolutions, they evolved and morphed over time. We can probably, at best, hope that the overthrow of corrupt tyranical rulers MIGHT lead eventually to something that looks like people power. Then again let us take care what we wish for, we just might get it! The much despised regime in Iran was elected, (how legitimately is another whole debate), Hamas was elected in Palestine.
While there does appear to be a sort of momentum for change across this region, each of these four countries have different histories and cultures and particular circumstances that have contributed to the current situation. Bahrain is ruled by the Sunni majority and there has always been a certain amount of unrest/disatisfaction among the significant Shia minority. Many in Egypt and Yemen are inconceivably poor and when the price of bread doubles or quadruples people starve - or march on the street.