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20th February 2011
What do you think of it so far?
This is not to make light of the dreadful position for protesters in most of these lands. Their governments are showing us exactly WHY democracy is needed. It’s just a suggestion that people, there AND here, lower their expectations. Rome, as they say, was not built in a day.
- 14th February – Arrests and deaths as Egypt protest spreads across Middle East
- 15th February – Deaths reported in Iran protests amid calls to ‘try’ and then execute opposition leaders
- 20th February –Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa country by country: Iran/Iraq/Libya and hostages held in Libya/Yemen/Algeria/Djibouti/Egypt/Jordan/Kuwait/Sudan/Syria/Tunisia/Palestinian Territories
Interestingly, there’s also a democracy, almost touching Europe, up in arms – Morocco
See the clickable protests pages at BBC
Democracy, or something similar, is attempting to take root right across the region, touching two continents. But perhaps not democracy as we western liberal democrats know it.
The people in these Middle East and North African countries should be applauded for calling for far better systems of governance than they presently have.
But, with this proviso: they and we need to understand that it took us decades if not centuries to install, distil and refine liberal democracies in the west. And even now many complain that it is “not working” and needs constant tweaking.
So, exhilarating as it is for oppressed peoples to find their voices after decades, even centuries of oppression, and exciting as it for the rest of us to watch, miracles may take a little longer.
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