Sunday, March 20, 2011

Measure of Democracy: Libyan War

The bombings of Ghadhafi’s positions by NATO forces have had broad support among the Arab populations and legalized by the vote in the UN Security Council.  There are reservations on the part of countries such as Russia and China but the consensus is that Ghadafi’s assault on the uprising in Libya must be stopped.
In some shrinking quarters, Castro’s Cuba and Chavez’s Venezuela, this is viewed as an offensive by a “neoliberal and imperialist phase”; but among the youth in the Middle East, it is signaling a new trend.   A changed view of modernity and democracy, particularly toward the host countries of these concepts, is taking root.  Not too long ago these same countries were only addressed as “Imperialist” and any amiable attitude toward them was labeled “Westoxication”.
Until recently, other than Israel, Iran was considered the only country in the Middle East with a growing pro-western attitude among its youth.  First surfaced in Iran, it seems that this trend was brewing throughout the Middle East.  There is a sense that although their interactions with the West and the modernity have caused upheavals in their lives along with many sufferings – but most of their problems are rooted in their skewed view of the world.  There is a sense that they need to take a deeper look in their own past, break free from it with the hope of joining a fast changing world.  They will find it an imperfect one, but it is the only one, and they can change it for better by joining it.

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