I wrote yesterday of the unrest in Tunisia, Lebanon, and Egypt. Now, Yemen is grumbling. And Jordan. And Algeria.
Who else will jump on the Al Jazeera Revolt-o-rama? Morocco? Oman? The Fakestinian Arabs rebelling against Abbas and the corrupt-to-the-core PLO leadership?
So many tyrants, so little time.
A lot of people are praising all this rabble in the streets as a sign that the Arab/Muslim world is showing that they are fed up with despots and dictators and want Western-style democracy.
Well that might be true for a tiny percentage of the protestors, but most are out in the streets only because they want something other than what they have been stuck with for the past-forever. It’s emotional. This is, after all, the religion of perpetual outrage that we’re talking about here.
Look at the pictures and video of the mobs of people. Most are young – teens and twenties. They know nothing about democracy, economics, or state craft.
All they know about democracy is that they hate it’s #1 symbol, America. All they know about economics is that their food prices are soaring (thanks to America, and of course, the Jews). And all they know about state craft is that Israel is the source of all their problems.
This is what has been taught to them in their schools, and preached to them in their mosques, and has been for the past sixty plus years.
The people of these countries want change, that’s for sure. Change for the sake the change. (Sound familiar?) But unlike the West, these countries have zero history of freedom or liberty. They have no remarkable constitutions, Declarations of Independence, or Magna Cartas; no Locke, no Burke, no Franklin or Jefferson or Madison. They have Nassers, Assads, and Husseins.
All they have to fall back on is the Koran, which has as much to do with liberty and democracy as Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, perennial best sellers in the Arab world.
Both commentators and interviews with people on the street yabber on about Arab or Muslim “pride”. As if ‘pride’ alone is excuse enough to warrant unbridled Western support for the mobs in the streets.
None of these people, whether the youth in the streets or journalists, have ever read, or even heard of the great American philosopher, Eric Hoffer, who made a name for himself thinking and writing about mass movements and their causes. In modern classics like The True Believer, The Ordeal of Change, and The Passionate State of Mind, Hoffer predicted decades ago the continual mayhem the Middle East was doomed to endure, and the future revolutions that that the world suddenly finds so “shocking”. Moreover, he understood like no one else, the motivation for the chaos, and the meaning of ‘pride’ in the Arab world.
• When, for whatever reason, self-esteem is unattainable, the autonomous individual becomes a highly explosive entity. He turns away from an unpromising self and plunges into the pursuit of pride – the explosive substitute for self-esteem. All social disturbances and upheavals have their roots in crises of individual self-esteem, and the great endeavor in which the masses most readily unite is basically a search for pride. – Eric Hoffer, “The Passionate State of Mind” (1955)
• Pride is a sense of worth derived from something that is not organically part of us, while self-esteem derives from the potentialities and achievements of the self. We are proud when we identify ourselves with an imaginary self, a leader, a holy cause, a collective body or possessions. There is fear and intolerance in pride; it is sensitive and uncompromising. The less promise and potency in the self, the more imperative is the need for pride. The core of pride is self-rejection. – Eric Hoffer, “The Passionate State of Mind” (1955)
I’m not arguing for or against the budding ‘revolutions’. I’m saying, be careful what you wish for because when it comes to the Arab world and the Muslim mind, Westerners see things through their own liberty-tinted glasses, and haven’t a clue what it is like to have lived for generations in a milieu of blind hatred.
If one or more of these countries should flip, it won’t change a thing for the people living there in terms of wealth, productivity, or a better life. But for the countries around them, and for the West in general, the reverberations will be felt for decades.
As for the Obama Administration’s response, it is typically slow, confused, and impotent. They should have seen all this coming, but they have been too busy pushing Obamacare, ‘climate change’, gays in the military, Michelle’s vegetable crusade, and suing Arizona.
Now they are stuck between a kaaba stone and a hard place. What can they do, really? Neither America, Obama, or Hillary Clinton have any credibility in the minds of the average person on those filthy streets.
So, as usual, the Obama Administration’s number one priority will be how to spin the whole messy thing in a way to make Obama look good, i.e., ‘Presidential’.
But to do that, they have to play wait and see. And so, don’t expect anything concrete out either Hillary or Obama. Their policy will change along with the facts on the ground, which is what happens when you have no real policy to begin with.
There are ongoing Egypt updates at Michellemalkin.com, including remarks from John Bolton.