Friday, March 11, 2011

Uncertainty in Arab World

After the wave of awakening in the Arab world caused the dismissal of governments of Egypt and Tunisia, public consciousness has taken Libya in its embrace. People of Yemen and the Gulf region are also agitation in full steam against their rulers, as in Libya. If we consider this to be a revolution against the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, then we would not be far wrong. Agitators have taken Eastern Libya under their control.

Gaddafi's Aggressive Attitude
From the very beginning, Gaddafi has adopted a ferociously aggressive attitude to save his administration. The pro-Gaddafi faction is going strong against his opponents. Air force jets are bombing Benghazi and its adjoining areas, which were so far under the control of anti-Gaddafi forces, and a large section of the army still seems to be faithful to Gaddafi. While police are quiet, the army has adopted an irresponsible attitude.

In Egypt, instead of summoning army commanders, Hosni Mubarak had himself taken command of army headquarters, and tried to bring the army around to his side. Being unsuccessful in this attempt and realizing that he was helpless, Mubarak surrendered power. If this situation had existed in Libya, Gaddafi would also have felt helpless and fled the county.

Ferocious Attack
It has been a tradition in the Arab world that clans or dictators have ruled them. To run dictatorships, rulers have formed their own political parties and to throttle the voices of opposition and to continue their dictatorship through family rule. In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak had tried to create a dynasty by appointing his son as successor. This is what Abdullah Saleh has done in Yemen. Gaddafi had wanted to adopt his son Saif al Islam as successor, and cleared the path for him. It is this Saif who is responsible for the ferocious attack on agitators. The present situation is leading to further awakening of the Arab world.

The time has come now to move on. It just may be that Gaddafi stems the tide against him temporarily by brutal methods he has applied so far, but you cannot suppress the voice of people indefinitely by brute force. The dictator will have to make compromises. The history of Arab people has shown that before the advent of Islam, frequent fights used to take place over petty matters and blood would flow. This has been the Arab way. It is Islam that taught them brotherhood, showed them the difference between right and wrong, and taught them to rise against injustice. Islam also taught them to stay away from corruption.

Grip of Disaster and Ignorance
As long as these Arabs stayed close to their religion, they ruled the world. History has no example to compare with the march of Islam. But as soon as dictatorship started in the Arab countries, they came under the grip of disaster and ignorance, which started spreading. Instead of going into details to confirm this, a glance at histories of Muslims countries will suffice.

This area has been blessed with oil, and is flushed with petroleum wealth, which can influence any international organization, but the reality is that they are in the grip of superpowers. The main reason for this is personal dictatorship, which has put them under 'superpower' control.

Solution to Problem
The solution is that Arabs should have a re-look at their governments. What they have as government is definitely not Islamic. People's participation is essential in running a modern government. The sword of Damocles is hanging over the heads of Arab Governments, and Western powers are taking advantage of their predicament. It is essential that people participate in running of government.

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