Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Protests Spreading

After Tunisia, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak followed. After Tunisia and Egypt, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi seem like the most likely to follow. However, there is one huge difference with Gaddafi. He is not going away quietly.

Gaddafi's forces have cracked down fiercely on demonstrators, with some reports stating fight jets are being used to bomb protesters. His son Al-Islam Gaddafi also warned of civil war if the protesters do not back down. In some ways, this is very much in the keeping of Gaddafi’s image.

In his 41 years of rule, he has faced down America and the international community before, so it’s hard to imagine him backing down from his own people. With a mounting revolt against his rule on the cards, the world is now faced with a huge problem.

What to do if the leaders in the Middle East refused to step away? With protests spreading throughout the Middle East, do we back the strongman in the region with their promise of stable rule or the protesters with their desire for chaotic freedom?

Decisions, decisions, decisions! Either way, we are living in interesting times.

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