I know, I know … there’s a federal election on. But I can duo-task (multi tasking is a challenge!) and I can’t help but express my admiration and wonder at all those brave citizens in the Arab world standing up to the dictators and corrupt regimes that have so oppressed them for decades and denied them even the most basic rights.
Like free and honest elections.
Who among us would be brave enough to stand up to the intimidation, guns, torture and murder of not just us ourselves, but our entire families for just speaking out and expressing our yearning for just basic freedoms. And just think what awaits them if they fail!
I just can’t help but publicly express my respect and admiration for those who care enough to dare to stand up for freedom.
In Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and even Syria tens of thousands have taken up protest signs, marched and refused to back down …even in the face of police violence, slaughter, shooting, shelling and bombing. Bombing! What kind of leaders bomb their own citizens …who only ask for free elections and an end to corruption? Disgusting dictators.
But what really makes it all the worse is the overwhelming silence and inaction of the other, richest Arab leaders/governments.
While Canadians, Americans, and Europeans are over there (once again) saving Arab citizens from being slaughtered by their maniacal psycopathic leaders, most Arab states capable of doing something to stop it, have done nothing substantial … or even mediocre … to contribute to restoring peace and protecting the lives and security of their own ethnic brothers and sisters who only want the freedom to speak up without facing torture or death.
Sure, the Arab League (probably after MUCH Western arm-twisting) passed a resolution supporting a “no fly zone” over Libya …. and only AFTER Gadhafi had already bombed and strafed his own citizens for many, many days; but the same Arab “leaders” then failed to provide jet fighters or any other forces to actually do anything, and they even had the “chutzpah” to express concerns after Western nations did the heavy hauling for them, as usual (remember Iraq’s invasion,slaughter in Kuwait and the military attack on Saudi Arabia?) , and went into action, striking at Gadhafi’s advancing murderous forces.
What disgusting nothings these Arab leaders are! Shame on them. And more people and world leaders should call them out on it.
Finally, tiny Qatar contributed two aircraft and the United Arab Emirates added six to enforce the non-fly zone… but none of them have so far fired a single bullet! Not much help to the civilians still be shelled by Gadhafi tank units, mortars and being strafed by machine gun fire.
And where is Saudi Arabia? Even Egypt? Jordan? Turkey? … all of them armed to the teeth with highly sophisticated aircraft that could help save Arab lives??? And just think what their oil billions upon billions could do to raise the standard of living for other Arab citizens (and foreign workers in their lands) … instead of just surrounding their own wealthy with disgraceful and gross over-indulgences.
The truth is most Arab leaders and governments couldn’t care less about their fellow Arab neighbours and citizens. Almost all are dictators themselves, ruling feudal societies without providing or allowing even basic human or political rights for their citizens.
Surely this is not the way Mohammad, peace be upon him, would like things to be?
Now, on to our own free, democratic election … something we love so much, it’s our fourth in seven years.