The Arab Spring Won’t Die

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The revolutions in the Arab world show no sign of dying down. The instability is most affecting allies of the U.S. with escalating tension in Yemen and Bahrain and the spread of instability throughout the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia. Fortunately, there is growing dissent in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, Syria and Sudan. It is unclear where the region is headed but it is certain that a decisive moment in its history has been reached.

The world’s attention right now is focused on the civil war in Libya, where Qaddafi’s forces have regained the momentum and recaptured Bin Jawad, Ras Lanuf, Brega and could soon threaten Benghazi, the capital of the opposition. Qaddafi has hired a large number of foreign mercenaries. When one of his military’s planes was shot down, the body of a Syrian pilot was found. The Arab League has endorsed a no fly zone but that may not be enough to stop the rebels from losing or reaching a shaky stalemate. The opposition is asking for targeted airstrikes and French President Sarkozy is suggesting limited bombing raids.

The uprisings in Yemen and Bahrain are becoming more intense. Over the weekend, Yemeni President Saleh’s security forces attacked protesters in the capital, killing between two and four people on Saturday and one to five people on Sunday. The police are using tear gas that is hospitalizing protesters who are now holding up banners comparing Saleh to Iraq’s Chemical Ali. Members of Saleh’s party continue to resign and he has promised to oversee the writing of a new constitution that will create an independent parliament and judiciary but the opposition will not renege on its demands for his resignation. The violence over the weekend will likely cause a backlash, prompting one expert on Yemen to say of Saleh, “This is his final dance.”

There was also violence in Bahrain on Sunday when demonstrators clashed with police for two hours when they tried to break through barricades on a main road in Manama. The protesters are becoming more aggressive, entering the financial district in disregard of the police’s orders and having a stand-off with the police when they tried to march on the royal palace. Some have written signs in English to express their dissatisfaction with America’s ties to the government outside the U.S. embassy.

The Bahraini opposition says it is not sectarian in nature but clashes between Sunnis and Shiites have started. The protesters are calling for the deportation of foreign Sunnis given citizenship by the government. The Shiite opposition also says it has no relationship with the Iranian government and is fighting for genuine democracy, but when there were reports of Saudi tanks arriving in Bahrain, one hardline opposition leader said foreign intervention would give them “the right to appeal for help from Iran.”

There was a lot of worry last week about a planned “Day of Rage” in Saudi Arabia on March 11. In the days leading up to the event, Saudi security forces fired rubber bullets to disperse 200 Shiite demonstrators in the Eastern Province and top clerics told the population not to participate. The “Day of Rage” was ultimately thwarted by a huge security presence and a ban on all demonstrations but two days later, dozens gathered in front of the Interior Ministry to demand the release of jailed relatives.

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  • Mr. X

    With Obama at the helm, there is no USA, its in a state of self liquidation and is in post-American mode. These uprisings are being disguised as pro-democracy. Basically, they want less freedom and more intense Islamic stricture whether it be Sunni or Shia. they want governments more active in global jihad as opposed to the compacency that they are shamed with. and most of those countries, while they have a terrible history towards there Jews by massacering , robbing and kicking them out, those that remained and survived were protected minorities. Part of this uprising is to remove that protective status from Jews and other minorities. They have a religious obligation to torture kill their minorities and it looks like they are going to get to do it. Whou wold have thought we would see the day when we are better off with Ghadaffy?

  • sodizzy

    I believe there are still American and international rabble-rousers still in there in each country, stirring up unrest in order to unseat the status quo for the purpose of some ill-advised idealistic idea of "revolution."

  • Beth

    "The Arab Spring Won’t Die"….

    Oh yes it will….but only AFTER all non-muslims have read their Koran:

    Koran (chapter and verse given for proof)

    047.004 Beheadings –
    033.052 Gang Rape of female 'infidels' –
    005.041 Racism –
    005.033 Crucifixions –
    008.067 Treason –
    033.061 Genocide "without mercy"

    There is NO justification for those teachings….

    And there never will be….so long as society is aware of them and how they conflict with righteous laws.

    What are righteous laws???

    You be the judge:

    Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    Which set of laws would you rather live under?

    In no way – are you worthy of living under the Christian Law – if you're not willing to defend it.

  • flaedo

    lt is fitting that the muslims should destroy themselves. A curse upon any who seek to restrict them from this wholesome activity.