Political changes in the Arab world

Here is another video dated Mar 7, 2011 from Russia Today that seeks to have a peep into what is happening in the Middle East/ Arab World/ North Africa. They say the political changes in the Arab world, including Libya, can neither be called revolutions nor battles for establishing democracy. The Nation’s editor and publisher Katrina Vanden Heuvel and New York University professor Stephen Cohen share their views.

Here is something else to think about!

In the beginning of the 20th century, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, Chinese, Russian, German, and many other empires underwent dramatic changes and some collapsed during World War I. The borders of countries in Europe constantly changed in the first and second decades of the twentieth century. Nothing changed peacefully, no one gave up powers willingly and the inevitable outcome was untold destruction of life and property. And more of it was in Europe than anywhere else.

It took the time up to the Second World War, the war itself and butchers like Hitler to change the way world thinks about rule, wars and destruction of human life, etc.

The beginning of the twenty-first century is much worse. Sept 11, Afghanistan, Iraq, and many more events you may not like! Now there seems to be another wave, beginning with Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and possibly more, with smoke already billowing out of Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, and elsewhere!

What do people want? Change of regimes? Democracy, self-determination, or something else? What do the rulers want?

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