Analysts of all ideological persuasions share their perspectives, but many criticisms follow.
Whether it is an ideology of government that is being challenged, or merely a “political attitude”, is uncertain, because even opponents of democracy are calling for the overthrow of authoritarian regimes only to what, replace it with another authoritarian regime?
Are forces of statism and so-called “cults of personality” like those of Assad & Sisi, and their predecessors, Saddam, Gaddafi & Naser – are they the enemies of popular will and dignity in the ME? And is the solution really democracy? Plus, is it fair to bunch all these leaders into one category, because the agendas and cultures surrounding these various leaders are not the same.
The assumption certainly is that revolutionaries want democracy. Also in question is the extent of liberal freedoms, social and economic, that might or might not being included in a hypothetical post-Assad/Sisi Middle East.
Russian, Chinese and Iranian influence in the region have also complicated matters.
Western politicians scurry to find who is the more liberal of the factions involved. Do they exist?
Would liberalism work in the Middle East? How about the extent of democracy and electoral politics?
Calls for leaders to be overthrown or to step down have become more and more commonplace in the ME. These calls echo the interests of global hegemonies trying to preserve older systems of global imbalance. If the U.S. And Europe depended upon themselves and not upon the exploitation of foreigners, might the Middle East see less stability? Might the ME be rid of despots and paranoia?
What side is the West on? That of tyranny or justice in the ME? And what if democracy cannot guarantee that justice in the ME?
As details, opinions and meaningless arguments are debated, corporate interests are secured while crimes against millions of innocent human beings are ignored.
These are my people. Our people.
We must continue to raise awareness on the need for solutions & aid to the Middle Eastern problems of today. Educate yourselves. We must educate ourselves.
Often times, the purest education doesn’t come from academics and analysts, but rather, from messages of beauty that couldn’t be more originally expressed by anyone than the “artist”. To conclude this article, I would like to share this incredible art piece of a video below, by Iraqi-Canadian hip-hop artist The Narcicyst, titled “Rise“, from his newest album World War Free, which can be purchased below. In it, Narcy juxtaposes some of the most blatant hypocrisies of the elites in the ME, as well as their complicity in holding their people hostage to systems of oppression and indignitation. Narcy does this by juxtaposing the illustrious, sky-scraper embellished landscapes of the Gulf with his own emotions, sentiments, and longing for a more innocent Middle East that we perhaps all yearn for and deeply miss.
Websites for humanitarian aid in Syria, Iraq and Palestine:
Movements/Organizations to raise awareness: