Archive for February, 2011


Libya in Revolt

Libyan citizens have taken control of towns and are now armed.  Gaddhafi has threatened to kill his people.   What is the best explanation of why so many Middle East countries are experiencing revolt and revolution among it’s citizens??

80 Dead in Libya

 After 40 years it’s time for this man to go.  Government forces are shooting at the citizens from a helicoptor.  Middle East unrest continues to be a violent and bloody battle for freedom.  May God bless the protestors and protect the people.

Fifty people have been confirmed dead and the government forces, sources report, are using lethal force on unarmed protestors. These adults and  kids experience a high level of unemployment, low wages, loss of freedom.  They’ve had enough of the regime.  Another dictatorship going down

Bloodshed in Bahrain

The protests in the Middle East intensify this week with violence and retaliation by government forces.  Six people have died while 60 others have been injured.  This is blood for freedom

Bahrain Blood bath

 and it’s ugly.

Fueled by the recent toppling of both the Tunisia and Egyptian autocrats, other countries feel emboldened to take to the streets demanding reform and freedom.  People from Algeria, Yemen, Libya and yes, even Iran are becoming more and more organized and persistent in demanding their voices be heard.  Sadly, some of the hypocrisy that burdens American relations is the fact that we, America, have been the ones to promote them to power in the first place!!  So now the delicate balancing act begins with America policy supporting the protests while at the same time assuring those in the Middle East who are in power, to stay calm and take comfort that the U.S.A. still supports them.   Those in power that we have diplomatic relations with:  Jordan,  UAE, Qatar, Turkey and others.  Iran is the lone wolf as it’s dictator Ahmajinidad is a ruthless dictator who will unfortunately use a lot of FORCE to keep the protestors at bay.   Democracy comes from Greek “demokratia” and its first known use is 1576. 

These movements are inclusive of the old and young with the young taking to the streets with Twitter, Facebook and smartphones.  I pray for the people and hope that the bloodshed will be minimal.  Freedom is never free.  Just ask a war veteran that just lost a limb or suffered a traumatic brain injury.

President Mubarak finally does the inevitable–he resigned today.  Now it’s up to the military to keep civil order and help pave the way for free and fair elections as well as helping with the transition of power.  The moderates in Egypt seem to be in the majority and it is  with somewhat guarded optimision that I say democracy is on its way to Egypt.

This might be a truly amazing epoch in overthrowing the regime.  Western fears are that a fundamentalist Islamic group will take rule.  I am witnessing a historical moment in Egypt’s history and I use American media as well as Al-Jazeera for my information http://english.aljazeera.net/.  and an American media outlet http://www.cnn.com/.  Democratic countries do not go to war with each other and let’s hope real reform takes place in this Muslim country.  Long live the Nile and the Pyramids!