L. A. Marzulli
The picture to the left is of an individual who has become known as “Rage Boy.” While this picture was not taken recently I believe it encapsulates the despair, degregation, hopelessness, and backwardness that is the hallmark of many Middle Eastern nations.
Nepotism, cronyism, the age-old practice of baksheesh- which is bribery – continues to dominate the Arab street. There are food shortages and the average Arab Joe, on the street can’t feed his family, meanwhile the King and his court dine lavishly. Poverty has dominated the region generation after generation, with no end in sight. Now, the people have had enough, and there are demonstrations that are happening in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Tunisia.
The important question is this, where will all of this pent-up anger and frustration lead? Replacing one repressive regime with more of the same won’t solve anything. As I pointed out in an earlier BLOG, when this eruption began, there is a poor infrastructure, little industry, corruption is rife, there is a lack of basic necessities, and a general malaise that has plagued the region for centuries.
What is alarming to me is that the Moslem Brotherhood is behind much of the ruckus and they are all for establishing an Islamic state, which means Sharia law. The Arab people have a chance at democracy, which the Bush administration attempted to put in place in Iraq, which, in my opinion failed there and is only being propped up by US dollars and no-how. I believe that the very concept of democracy goes against the predominant philosophy of the region, which is Islam. Thus, unless there is reform in Islam, and by that I mean that women are allowed an education, equal rights and sharia law is abolished – something that most likely will never happen – the Middle East will remain as it has for the last 1300 years.
In closing todays post. Right now the Middle East is seething, but when the dust clears, I will bet that Islam and Sharia law will come out on top. We might see the opposite of what the people are demonstrating for, look what happened in Iran. If that happens, Israel will be the focus of a new collective of hate and vitriol. Never mind that the Israeli’s have managed to create an infrastructure, hospitals, universities, win Pulitzer prizes and in short create a vibrant society that is the exact opposite of the Arab world.
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