Global Affairs

Dec 21, 2017

"The people want to bring down the regime"; a slogan which altered the course of Arab world and its surroundings with a wave of revolutionary demonstrations and riots erupting from the volcano of the decades-long dictated masses. Barack Obama once commenting on the Arab Spring, that commenced on December 18, 2010, said: “There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times.”

It’s important to know the rationale that pushed the countries like Libya, Egypt and Syria into an unending chaos. What compelled the monarchs to abdicate the thrones they had been occupying for decades and decades? Not mere the despotism but the poverty, inflation, suppressed thoughts and the joblessness could do nothing else except to bring the masses on roads. But the revolt did not yield the desired results. If we consider the giant gatherings of Tahrir Square in Cairo as the icon of a new Middle East then we can’t also overrule the demolition of the Pearl Square in Manama (Bahrain) as a part of the dispersing the protestors is the symbol of old orders reasserting itself. Revolution, rebellion and repression are the factors that shackled the castles of power but as far as the reforms are concerned some attained some not.

Whatever the ulterior motives of the foreign elements were; one thing was crystal clear and that was the desire of the masses to be out of the despotism by overthrowing the ruling families and brokering the deals of power transfer. Renowned revolutionary of the 20th century Che Guevara said, “Revolution is not an apple that falls when it’s ripe. You have to make it fall.” Considering this statement in terms Arab Spring would justify the gatherers of the Tahrir Square as well as the slogans they raised. But, even today the Middle East is still not free from such sort of fear. Another revolutionary spring or a civil war is always at its doorstep.

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