How much spring is the Arab spring?

how much spring  How much spring is the Arab spring?

During the last months, many politicians and journalists have started to discuss the depth of Arab spring; is it a spring at all? They are cynical because they did not see the Arab world change at once. Hope grows a bit now that Khaddafi is in his final moments, but scepticism is still there.

In an earlier blog I already adressed the one-sided knowledge and expectations politicians and journalists have about the Middle East. Their attitude concerning freedom and democracy in the Middle East is confusing.

Everybody knows that freedom does not come at once and is never for free. The same thing goes for democracy. Why on earth do people expect Arab countries that have suffered from lousy dictators during many years to be free and democratic just in the time of a blink of the eye, as by divine commandment? Once the dictators are gone, Arab citizens will still have to fight for freedom and democracy, maybe not with arms but the benefits will not just drop from the sky without human efforts and even sacrifices.

Another thing is that this is an Arab and not a western development. The outcome of Arab ‘spring’ might be a different ‘summer’ than western observers expect. This is what happens when people start to create their own destiny. I am very curious to know what the Arab world will look like in two years!

Another interesting blog: Egypt Arab spring or winter?

2 thoughts on “How much spring is the Arab spring?

  1. It doesn’t matter what system you use as a parent to raise your children, strict or free, conventional or progressive, based on hierarchy or equality, it doesn’t even matter if you use a system at all, it is all useless without 1 thing: setting a good example.

    Than how can we hope, let alone expect, the Arab countries to develop as western countries did, considering the example we gave.

    Should we even hope they follow or example or should we give them the chance to develop their own ‘summer’ and hope they learned anything from our mistakes?

  2. I concur both with the post, and the comment above. Journalism these days is just overly concerned with quick this, quick that: An impatience seems to have set in -spurred on by the rating wars perhaps? It took Eastern Europe more than 10 years to find a semblance of balance after the cold war ended. A horrific civil war raged there for half a decade.
    That said, history does seem to be accelerating in many ways. Human experience seems to be crowd-sourcing itself, constantly and immediately sharing good and bad examples. Technology combined with the immense increase in the number of people participating in the global debate acts as a kind of thermostat, constantly tweaked, continuously steered toward a common denominator: an amalgamation if you will of ‘Western’ example -good and bad- and indigenous experience -good and bad. In short, mankind does seem to be learning from its mistakes. Like those journalists though, it isn’t hard to become impatient now and then…

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