Consequences of Arab Spring will reach far across the globe

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Thirty-one years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule in Egypt solidified thanks to the advice and consent of U.S. negotiations with him, validating and protecting the Israel stance in the Middle East. But tthe arrival of a day in the winter of 2011 brought pandemonium to Egypt and Tunisia, and turned into what is now known as the “Arab Spring.”

IT WAS THE beginning of an insurrection that had been dormant for many years. The world did not have to wait long to witness a chain reaction amid other nations – Libya, Syria, Jordan, Yemen and Oman. The eruption in Egypt and Tunisia ignited and aroused countries that had suffered abuse and misery for more than a century. These extraordinary events became profoundly cemented into an unstoppable cycle, and grew into an inspiration across the oceans.

It will take time for each country to settle down as it has happened in previous revolutions. History repeats itself, says an adage. The events of one nation could bring drastic repercussions that might change the world, such as the French Revolution in 1787, a radical and social event that marked the turning point in French history and created a series of political upheavals in Europe.

The struggle between the Girondines and Jacobines gave them Robespierre’s “Reign of Terror,” and almost immediately Napoleon arrived, seized the revolution and liberated every existing monarchy in Europe. It prompted Beethoven to compose his Third Symphony, the Eroica, intended
for Napoleon. But he angrily tore out the dedication when he heard of Napoleon’s self-coronation, which shows the leadership’s path from idealist to visionary and ultimately to despot.

THE RUSSIAN Revolution followed in l917. Then came the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Both brought enormous repercussions to their zones of influence, despite the corruption and treason within.

Whatever the outcome of the Arab Spring, it will affect and inspire nations in different ways, depending on the circumstances of each country. It will reach the United States and Europe. There is no question that our country is ready for changes that were not quite visible a few years ago, but the occurrences we are confronting now, day after day, are not just disturbing, but criminal.

The cast of millionaires and billionaires are creating conditions for an uprising, such as the recent Occupy movements. They live in their own special America, totally away from reality. Meanwhile, the middle class, the backbone of the country, is disappearing. The poor are much worse off than 50 years ago, when Michael Harrington exposed them in his book The Other America; millions are fed from whatever the food stamp program provides; there are more than 50 million Americans without health insurance; and our educational system has never been so inferior and scary.

And we are the richest country on Earth. We don’t see the poor. They live in a different place.

IT WON’T BE long before the arrival of our “Spring.” There is no cause without consequence, nor consequence without cause. Let’s harbor the hope that those who became and still are the cause of our malaise will eventually come to their senses.

No one can predict what kind of future is awaiting us; it could be possible that, 50 years from now, a new generation will become inhabitants of a fair and just society for everyone.

(The writer is a retired insurance executive who left his native Cuba in 1961. He lives in Aiken, S.C.)

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KSL
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KSL 04/29/12 - 12:56 am
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What this guy continues to

What this guy continues to fail to recognize is how much obama and company has excellerated the demise of the middle class. It is pervasive in his copious letters to the editors.

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Jon Lester 04/29/12 - 04:03 am
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Well, let's hope the mess we

Well, let's hope the mess we left behind in Libya doesn't become too destabilizing in the next few years. We might not hear daily updates via Western media, but there are some serious consequences playing out there, even as we speak.

BTW, KSL, you might want to consider that Russia's middle class is growing. Just saying...

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Fundamental_Arminian 04/29/12 - 07:51 am
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JL, you're right about the

JL, you're right about the growth of Russia's middle class. Do you think the growth could be due to Russia's low income-tax rates?

http://www.worldwide-tax.com/russia/russia_tax.asp

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ymnbde 04/29/12 - 08:38 am
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oh my goodness, was this

oh my goodness, was this written by a middle school student? Comparing revolutions of people who were actually starving and being murdered to the to the juvenile demands of the occupy people? Go to other countries, and see their poor. We have nothing comparable, even close, here. Compared to the rest of the world, we have no poor. This writer is engaging in simple resentment. Our "cast of millionaires and billionaires" pay for almost everything. There are no "huddled masses", yearning to be free. Did the writer get an abbreviated version of the Cliff's notes? What happened to Russia after their revolution? To Cuba? How many innocent people were killed in the French revolution?
Our revolution is already here, though quietly, and unlike those the writer naively refers to, is being done in a civilized manner, through the ballot. It will be against the pitifully ineffective government school system, through school choice, so each child will actually be educated. It will be against rampant waste and fraud with our tax money, which isn't just a waste of money, but a waste of a person's work.
It will not be, as the writer imagines, those who "caused our malaise coming to their senses." No one opposes helping the poor. We oppose the inefficient system that keeps them poor. No one opposes paying taxes. We oppose rampant corruption with our taxes.
We have a wonderful system here, the best ever devised. We should be thankful. It may need adjusting, not because we give too little, but because we gave too much.

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freeradical 04/29/12 - 09:19 am
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A trip back to " his native

A trip back to " his native Cuba " where he would be garranted not

find the "poor" strolling the grocery store aisles at 2:00 in the

afternoon , in their xxxlg pajama bottoms and bedroom shoes , carts

overflowing with porterhouse steaks , grape soda , Turkish Delight ,

etc,etc,etc,,,,

would help this deluded fellow to better understand the "spring"

that this country is in store for.

You have been away from Cuba to long Mr Godoy

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 04/29/12 - 10:00 am
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Are you using the examples of
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Are you using the examples of Soviet Russia and Red Cuba as a good idea? I don't think we even have to respond to that type of logic.

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Pu239 04/29/12 - 10:17 am
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When Godoy
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When Godoy speaks....Greenbaum can't be far behind...

I wonder how many people of those poor people in the Arab countries mentioned, have ipads and iphones like the Occupy movement participants had?

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/29/12 - 01:37 pm
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IMO Mr. Godoy's letter is

IMO Mr. Godoy's letter is analytically accurate and non-partisan. It is also written over the heads of most AC readers/commenters. The Arab spring has already affected this country and will continue to do so regardless of the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Ongoing wars, militarization, and a militarized U.S. foreign policy have produced a hollowed out, war driven economy. Unless United States reinvents itself with an egalitarian, sustainable, post fossil fuel economy the Arab spring may become the American fall (double entendre intended). Peace is the sine qua non for this paradigm shift. Humanity must move beyond war as a means of settling international and internecine disputes or civilization won't survive on this planet.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/29/12 - 02:38 pm
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The Arab Spring was great....

The Arab Spring was great.... Especially if you think it is OK to fire bomb churches and kill anyone who doesn't believe the way you do.

It was great if you believe mob rule and violence is actually a political system.

It was great if you believe violence against women is the answer to any problem.

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Radwaste 04/29/12 - 04:16 pm
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Ladies and gentlemen: if you

Ladies and gentlemen: if you harbor any ill-will towards "the rich" in this country, it was generated for you. You have been told to hate "those rich people", while your school system did nothing to teach you about how to become rich yourself.

Your key words are "market communication". JK Rowling would not be a billionaire, Madonna would not be a household word and Ron Popeil would not have sold a million Pocket Fishermen without extensive marketing.

By the way - JRHC is wrong, as usual. We have no "war driven economy" except in the mind of one who laments the USA having any means of defense. Anyone with the wit to note what the most valuable company on Earth does for a living would know that. (It's Apple, sir, and they make digital devices for your amusement.)

I ask for the Forums back, so that assertions may be properly refuted in a less transient manner.

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faithson 04/29/12 - 06:34 pm
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God guns and country...

God guns and country... gotta love the myopic mindset that cannot see the forest through the trees when it comes to international relationships. One of the big reasons for keeping religion out of politics is that without proper 'reasoning' politics becomes the 'tool' of religion, a conundrum that the Arab spring will have to work out.

KSL
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KSL 04/29/12 - 06:41 pm
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When have Muslims been able

When have Muslims been able to keep religion out of poltics in over a thousand years? So woven together.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/29/12 - 07:58 pm
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Radwaste doesn't think the

Radwaste doesn't think the U.S. economy is "hollowed out and war-driven". Today the Detroit Free Press ran an L.A. Times piece headlined "Despite skills, veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq not getting hired." 1st quarter economic growth was a disappointing 2.2% and there are ominous signs of an imminent Eurocrisis which will negatively impact the U.S. economy. But if you graduate from a 2 year associate degree program in drone technology there are jobs waiting that pay as much as $120,000 a year. That indicates a war driven economy to me.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/29/12 - 07:59 pm
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I got a thumbs down? So,

I got a thumbs down?

So, someone on here endorses senseless violence and destruction against religious minorities and women?

Quite scary, but quite revealing.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/29/12 - 09:50 pm
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You are a victim of binary

You are a victim of binary thinking, Insider Information. Your statement is similar to asking "Have you stopped beating your wife?". You frame the issue with a false hypothesis.

KSL
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KSL 04/29/12 - 09:58 pm
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JRHC, what your statement

JRHC, what your statement about the jobs' economy really shows is the true failure of the perp in the white house. He was anti-war, yet if you claim is true, he is derceasing jobs.

You guessed it...Frank Stallone
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You guessed it...Frank Stallone 04/29/12 - 10:58 pm
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"BTW, KSL, you might want to

"BTW, KSL, you might want to consider that Russia's middle class is growing. Just saying..."

Yeah right, because we are just like Russia. Russia and China, both societies traditionally run by authoratarian regimes, have a middle class that have nowhere to go but up. Really sick and tired of the wealth envy in this country. As if millionaires and billionaires, made up of mostly highly productive and job-creating individuals in America, are plotting in a secret vault the demise of all poor, non-white human beings. Extreme liberalism, along with the ignorant extreme right, are tearing this country apart from the inside, not people that have worked hard for their wealth and have produced ground-breaking ideas and services for the lazy people in society.

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fedex227 05/01/12 - 10:41 pm
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"Unless the United States
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"Unless the United States reinvents itself with an egalitarian, sustainable, post fossil fuel economy the Arab spring may become the American fall."

Talk about naive, your solution to the ever-changing dynamic of Middle East destabilization is “Drill, Baby. Drill?” A little short–sighted don’t you think? But maybe this subject is way too over my head. After all, I do read the AC.

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