I say courage because the Arabs seem to have overcome the fear of bullets. We see a pattern each time. The people revolt. The ruler freaks out. Orders the army to save the day. Army comes and shoots a few. Crowds Disperse. But after one week, they’re back. Back and fully alive! Growing bigger and bigger in number.
It seems to me, that they don’t care to live if living means being oppressed and having to feel threatened by arms and ammunition everyday
What is surprising is, is that the army doesn’t realize what it’s doing. It (the army) just doesn’t realize that they are among those being oppressed by the rulers and if they decide to side with the people, they become responsible for a free and happier nation! That is one feeling that is hard to bear. Isn’t it?
Another thing is, is that the rulers have a huge advantage i.e.. of being rulers of conservative countries where a large part of the country may not want modernization to take place, not that it surely will if a government is formed, it’s just that their mindset makes them think so. Guarding their culture is important to them. But yet, we see all kinds of people on our TV screens protesting on the streets.
The rulers on the other hand fail to see the kind of consequences that they will suffer whether they are thrown off or not. If they are thrown off, then their fate rests with the will of the country. If not, then they live a life disturbed by regular uprisings and unstability in the country, which in turn leads to fall of the economy and pressure (which subsequently leads to isolation) from the outside world.
The longer they try to stay in power, the more they are messing with any luck they may have in the future.
These Arab people have all the moral support of the world, and also the empathy of countries who have gone through struggles against oppression.
Here’s hoping to seeing them join emerge from their bad times soon!