Sunday, March 20, 2011
For Libya, time will tell
I understand that the apparent start of these middle eastern revolutions was in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi, the fruit vendor who died after setting himself on fire, became a symbol of defiance. That was the start in Tunisia, but what about the rest of the Arab world where such apparent revolutions are spreading faster than the H1N1 virus? Is it possible, conceivable even, that there is another agenda at play here?
I can’t help but wonder if perhaps the government in Iran might be providing some of the financing and fuel for these *spontaneous* revolutions. It’s no secret that the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, has long been interested in exporting the Sharia law foundation of the Iranian revolution. Was the Tunisian uprising simply the opportunity that presented itself to Iran?
Of course the other question is that Barack Ombama is doing pretty poorly in the polls at the moment. Rev up a war - play the role of the great western hope, help the sluggish economy to build more bombs. Hmmm ... not a bad plan from Obama's political agenda viewpoint.
As the French military jets fly over Libya and attack Libyan government bases and began the slow destruction of the infrastructure that we saw in Iraq, the question for me is who is going to benefit from this in the long term? Is there more at stake here than the “protection of the Libyan people”? Time will tell.