I think it is fairly difficult to appreciate the developments in the Middle East. As recently as 2009, Iran was able to put to rest well-supported and organized demonstrations against the credibility of its elections. These current protests, in Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Syria, Algeria, and now Bahrain are occurring in areas of the world where the threat of swift and permanent retribution cannot be translated. People’s lives are at stake.
In Bahrain, police killed a protestor protesting at the funeral of a fallen protestor. I think that’s reverse metamartyrdom or something.
The unoriginal-with-me question that everyone is asking is “with what will we be left?” Bahrain wants a constitutional monarchy, apparently. Fundamentalists, although not the progenitors of the protests (as far as can be determined), see an opportunity for the advancement of Sharia law, in all cases. In Iran and Afghanistan, during decades past, comparable revolution led to something much less than we had hoped. So there is simply no promise that the throwing off of the the shackle, now, will lead to meaningful liberty, later, much less anytime immediately soon.
Themes include the recent and increasingly violent protests in the island country of Bahrain, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, shopping for souvenirs years ago in a Syrian souq, the traditional Islamic call to prayer, democratization, and worry beads. The ipoet has been following all along the daisy chained revolution through the middle east; enjoy previous installments here and here.
By the way, can we just admit that we were all stunned when we awoke the other morning to learn that there is a country in the Middle East, called Bahrain? It’s simple integrity, really. (Some might say ignorance.)
Performed by ipoet. Produced by DJ Clutch.
Today’s audio here:Democracy's Morning (Dominoin' Part 2)
Bonus smartphone video here: