Originally Posted by Fritz88
Egyptians and Tunisians did not revolt because they wanted to destroy the west or harm you. They revolted because they could not feed their children. They revolted because a Policeman could randomly arrest you and jail you and you couldn't do shit about it because of Emergency rule. The people have no dignity and no self respect (main reason for revolt). That is why they revolted. Sadly, the west did not intervene to change the status quo for the Arabs. They elected to side with dictators and people like you were okay with it. As long as they serve your personal agenda. You don't mind Hosni sticking his foot down their throats. 360 Million Arabs probably feel the same way. I certainly do not hope for a radical government as I stated earlier. But people do hate that they lived for 30 years and the west stood still. There is a lot of resentment for the US in the Arab world. Don't act surprised, because you have earned it.
Perhaps you didn't notice that I was on the side of GWBush and the neocons when they tried to change the script on that "stability-at-all-costs" foreign policy and instead encourage political liberalization (the good kind) of Arab society. Don't lump me in with the people who wanted to maintain the status quo. But at the same time, stop blaming the US and the west for your own dictators. We didn't force them on you.
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will