Arab Spring, Arab FAIL
From what I’ve seen, heard, and read, the famous “Arab Spring” has turned into an “Arab FAIL” – as in they did not achieve their goals as united nations. Instead, they have turned back to factional fighting, tribal warfare, interior corruption (though I don’t think they gave that one up to begin with), et cetra ad infinitum – the same issues which have plagued the Middle East region for millennia.
Now I’m fairly tolerant of all religions – any religion, actually. I don’t care what you believe. Conversely, I don’t expect you to go shoving your beliefs down my throat – my system. Especially at gunpoint. (“Them’s fighting words,” a part of me gruffly responds. We are all into American liberties and value systems.)
I have a thing about me and religion and those who try to push their beliefs on me.
“Why,” I ask them, “Do you require ME to believe what YOU believe? Is your belief – your FAITH in what you believe so shaky that you require ME to believe it too? Can you not believe in your own God without the support of outside people, too? Are you that uncertain that you are right that you must force ME to believe as YOU do in order for it to seem right to YOU??”
They stutter and stammer around, and they go on about pretending to ‘save my soul’. Well thank you very much – my soul is not yours to save. It is my own, and I’ll believe what I want.
Watching these Arab – Muslim – nations fall apart is a terrible thing, for I know 80 to 90 percent of the population probably does not follow these “radical extremists” paths. Most Muslims are good law abiding citizens. Many practice tolerance in their religion. But when it comes to mine – leave it alone (stern and dire warning).
I have no problem wiping my ass with the pages of the Koran. Or the Bible. Or Torah for that matter. Those pages are just paper to me; words, useless things. It is the belief and the values that matter – not the words written down on paper.
Nor do I have any problem with someone “defacing”, making fun of, or mocking my – or anyone else’s religion. If you are that insecure in your own belief that their mockery has an impact on you – then that’s YOUR problem, not theirs. It is not for you to address – or try to hush or censor their freedom of speech. It is YOUR problem to address your faith and why you have so little of it that you “need” someone to believe as you do, follow as you do . . .
And if your “Good Book” says you should kill unbelievers – well, that’s wrong, too. Those kinds of books should be thrown out for the trash they are. God is about love and forgiveness, mercy and understanding, patience and virtue. Not hatred and anger. If your book says you should go out and kill someone because your “god” told you to – then you belong in the insane asylum with the rest of the psychotic nuts – locked behind bars.
As for this “Arab Spring” – though it is most appropriate it is fall now, for it appears it is going to be an “Arab Fall” – or “fail” in other words. They can’t seem to get it together (witness Iran), they are still broken into a bunch of tribal nations – and poor peaceful Muslims are getting grouped in the crowd by the behavior of these ‘extremists’.
I don’t know about you, but here in the USA we would never allow that sort of stuff – mobs storming the Egyptian, Libyan, and Yemen embassies, pulling their people out and putting them to death. That’s what we have the law and the National Guard for. We insist on tolerance for religion – even political outlooks! We don’t “demand” that YOU believe in anything – except that other people have the right to feel, think, and believe what they want.
Why can’t the Arabs & Muslims catch onto that?
And this “Arab Fall” – this is going to be putting a huge dent into their economy. Many innocent Muslims are going to fall prey to anti-Muslim attitudes. Even I look down on them a bit now (though I know I shouldn’t). To part of ‘me’ they seem like animals, tearing at one another and tearing at the world, trying to dictate what the WORLD should believe, think, and pray in. Fifteen percent of Egypt’s economy is (or was) based on tourism. Would YOU want to go there right now?? I wouldn’t. I’ve wanted to go – but I wouldn’t right now, nor do I think I’ll ever go in my lifetime. It simply isn’t safe over there – not for an American tourist, nor my American dollars.
They are shooting themselves in their own feet right now – and for a long time in the future. The longer they hang onto their intolerant antiquated attitudes that insist “everyone must be like them” the worse their road will be. As it is I see their countries are falling apart; their people are divided, there is no “Arab Spring”. I wish there was, but no . . . there is not.
Maybe their people just aren’t up to it. Lord knows they don’t get along. I feel sorry for my Muslim friends who have gotten lumped in with that crowd.
But the fact is: the Arab Fall is beginning.