Cries for freedom reach Syria

Unrest in yet another country clearly shows people of Mideast have had enough

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Can Facebook free the world?

It must be the magic of instant, global communications, after all, that appears to have more tyrants on the run today than perhaps at any time in human history.

It's fascinating, for instance, to watch Syrian President Bashar Assad losing control of daddy's dictatorship. Couldn't happen to a nicer iron-fisted family.

It remains to be seen what our friends in the Arab and Muslim worlds do with it all -- but the multiple uprisings in the Middle East at least have the capacity to free as many people as a world war might.

Hopefully without so much of the bloodshed.

Ann Landers tried to warn us: Jerks never think you mean them. It goes double for jerks with a country in tow: Assad is whining that his country's unrest is an unfair tempest whipped up by shadowy conspirators. He may even believe it.

The truth is much harder to swallow. After decades, if not centuries, of authoritarian rule that has only left them in poverty -- while the fat leaders of oil-exporting nations in the region are awash in a record $1 trillion in revenues -- the people of the Mideast appear to have had enough.

Of course, even if they're successful in throwing off oppressors in Libya, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere -- as in Egypt and Tunisia -- the danger they face is falling right back into a different sort of tyranny -- such as the theocracy in Iran.

Whether at the hands of secular-acting autocrats or religious theocrats who try to tell you what to believe, no society can thrive for long where the population is treated like chattel.

The key to human prosperity is human freedom. That -- not some big conspiracy -- is why Arab and Muslim countries in the Mideast are so poor.

And, now, so restive.

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jebko
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jebko 04/04/11 - 07:54 am
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This sudden 'thrist' for

This sudden 'thrist' for freedom is part of the Isalmic Brotherhood's plan for world domination....the vaccum will be filled. Refugees flee to other countries, then multiply and demand special treatment; slowly altering the political landscape of the 'host' country.

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seenitB4 04/04/11 - 08:07 am
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24 news on

24 news on tv---computers--google-facebook-aljazerra--leaks---all
of these things---plus cellphones with constant contact......will
change the middle east......
France already has an exploding immigrant population DEMANDING "their" rights.....amazing so many want instant gratification when they had nothing in their home country.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/04/11 - 10:00 am
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No...I had it right when I

No...I had it right when I said DEMAND...there is a limit on how much free-loading a country can sustain...we are finding that out everyday right here. I know some French & have heard the horror tales.....just like in this country .....when newcomers come in, some want instant access to health care-social security-housing.....amazing the DEMANDS this great country delivers day in & day out....they have a right to demand freedom & a better way of life in their homecountry..
Some in the USA forget "our" freedoms didn't come w/o bloodshed & the sad way things are going it seems more blood will be shed in the future.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/04/11 - 10:01 am
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Also....very few arrive

Also....very few arrive legally.

Jane18
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Jane18 04/04/11 - 12:36 pm
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Freeloaders??? I think that

Freeloaders??? I think that is the word of the day! When almost half the population of America is getting $$$$$ for one reason or another, I'd say probably half of them(1/4th) are FREELOADERS!

Jane18
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Jane18 04/04/11 - 12:37 pm
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and/or illegals!!

and/or illegals!!

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 04/04/11 - 01:20 pm
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I've decided that I no longer

I've decided that I no longer care if the Syrian variant of the Muslim Brotherhood fills the power vacuum. As Sunnis, they won't be so keen to support Hezbollah, and as Arabs, they won't be especially trustful of Iranians, either.

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