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  •  I don't know (5+ / 0-)
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    Kane in CA, Cliss, native, blueoasis, George3

    Is this progress?  Hard to say.  The trappings of democracy does not a democracy make.

    But the demonstrations against Mubarek toppled a decades-old dictatorship.  They're still demonstrating--now against the quasi-dictatorship that replaced him.

    Where will it all end?  I don't know.  The theocratic nature of the regimes which came to power in the "Arab Spring" is concerning, but I still have hope.

    Hope that the young people will not settle for this, but see it as the next step on the journey toward transforming their nations.  Hope that their energy and insistence will drag those countries, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.

    I may be wrong. This may all turn out like Iran in 1979.  But is it worse than what came before?  Only time will tell.

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 10:37:30 AM PST

    •  That much sacrafice, I hope they can wind up (2+ / 0-)
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      puzzled, George3

      somewhere a hell of a lot more decent than "the 21st century" as Westerners define it.

      Two people in sweat shops and three in agricultural bondage to support the luxury of just one "Middle Class" lord or lady?

      They can do better.  So can we.

      "the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared material at these facilities and LOFs."

      by JesseCW on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 03:55:54 PM PST

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