Yes, I know…it took me a little while to tackle this obvious subject. Perhaps, I was just looking for the right words to express my feelings on the matter. Does anybody think I am jumping the gun by calling this WRI? Granted, in World War I there were approximately 100 countries involved. In World War II, I believe there were only six neutral countries on Earth that remained neutral throughout the war. Each of those conflicts started with a singular act.
World War I began with the assassination on 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. World War II began on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and Slovakia. Singular beginnings that sparked world-wide chaos.
Today…well, at my last count, there are 17 primarily Middle Eastern and African countries involved in WRI. The obvious difference here is that countries are not (as of yet) fighting other countries. They are fighting from within their own borders. What is the basis of the revolution? They seem to all have the same theme…the revolutionaries are fighting to oust long-standing or corrupt authoritarian rule. They fight to oust these regimes because it is their belief that these regimes have caused a myriad of social and economic problems for the general public of each country. I agree with them completely.They should be able to have a voice.
I am not in favor of violent rebellion, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi proved it could be done even though he was assassinated for his efforts. Personally, I do not care if you want to call yourself a Democratic society, a Socialist society, a Communist society, or an Autocratic society, as long as the people of the country all have the same basic freedoms. There are many people who see that as being impossible within the majority of the political divisions I listed above. I see it as a problem per ruling party or individual. The ruling parties and individuals of the countries involved today are not seen as living up to that basic bargain.
It is hard to imagine the basic freedoms lost in these countries while sitting typing this post in my comfy surroundings. Those of us in the world’s western countries have to understand that most of what we consider as basic or what we take for granted has never been their right as people of the world. I, for one, hope they peacefully succeed in getting what they deserve.
The controlling regimes have, in almost all cases, met the revolts with brute force, widespread arrests, censorship, etc. As the western governments have insinuated, this is not a wise move. These regimes have are creating martyrs on a daily basis. The rising death toll is sure only to create a larger revolt against these regimes. Imagine if your mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, son, daughter, etc. was killed for peacefully demonstrating. Would you be suppressed? I don’t think so.
What about the rest of the world? Do we all think we are exempt from this revolution of sweeping change? Think again. Did you know that the United States just reopened the Internet Security issue once again renaming a portion of it the Internet Freedom act? Uh huh, right. They are preparing to be covered just in case one day a quasi-revolt or demonstration happens within the United States as odd as it sounds. You live in Europe, you say? Well, I would check to see what your governments are up to in this area to see exactly how concerned they are.
But wait, what do we in the United States have to worry about. Certainly, we have greater amount of freedom and a higher standard of living than most countries…right? What’s that? You said you lost your home? You haven’t had a job for almost two years? You are in fear of getting laid off again? You have no health insurance? Costs are high and income is low? We are spending how much on a war in Afghanistan? What was that war about again? Hmmm, I guess there are some things for us to be concerned with here. It might not be the basic freedoms being fought over in the Middle East, but they are all matters needing to be attended to immediately.
If you still do not think that WRI can come home to you, think again. A few days ago, nobody thought the worlds 2nd super-power China would be affected either. The events in China could have a ripple effect throughout southeast Asia.
Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Laos, and Zimbabwe are on my lookout for the next countries to see inclusion into WRI. More importantly, I believe that the following countries are due to see peaceful demonstrations in the near future: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Make no mistake, we are in the beginning of a revolution that will spread around the world. We can either take advantage of this peacefully to change whatever we need to in our respective countries, or we can sit back and watch it on the news.
This is our time to change.
Welcome to the revolution.
——– Erik Sudberg