Once the mighty American colonial empire having its tentacles in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Jordan, Iraq, Algeria, south of the border and who knows where else, crumbled and the flag of democracy that US waived all around the world was taken seriously by the Arab countries and they rebelled.
Te mighty oligarchs of the Middle East siphoning billions of dollars from their oil empires found out that their population living on pennies a day took American call for democracy seriously and were ready to sacrifice their life to achieve this goal called democracy.
Saudi Arabia, the biggest crude oil barrel in the world is probably next country that will have to change its trillions dollars rich bosses from kingdom’s political status quo into a democratic government and that will hit American pockets heavily at the gas pumps.
Our hunger for Saudi oil has stopped us from waving democracy right into their faces and we have tolerated their judicial corporal punishment including amputations of hands and feet for crimes that would be punished in US with suspended sentences and most of “sexual deviance”, meaning homosexuality that is punished by decapitation is not considered a crime in US and other western countries.
For decades we tried to please the Saudis, supplying them with our latest weaponry, closing our eyes on the violations of human and particularly women’s rights because we do not give a damn what the do as long as we get our oil.
There is another dilemma US has – Israel, and it continuous existence with the surrounding countries kept on America leash, might not accept the occupation of Palestinian land by the Israeli “democracy”.
With terrible American economy and two wars that seem not to end soon America is not in a position to start a war with the whole Middle East and as former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz recently stated in an interview with the CNN Fareed Zakaria;
“It’s crazy. The Israelis should welcome what’s happened in Egypt.
If only cynically, I mean, they — instead of associating themselves with a dead, doomed regime, they should try to find allies in Egypt. And I would assume there are millions of Egyptians who do not want to restart a war with Israel. And Mubarak wasn’t such a great bargain. He filled the Egyptian state-controlled media with anti-American junk, with anti-Israeli, even with violently anti-Semitic junk. So — but the nostalgia — I think the nostalgia is misplaced, but it’s completely irrelevant now. They and we should be thinking about the future. “
Of course the people of good will hope that Israel will regain its sanity and make peace with all the neighbors including oppressed Palestinian and become one of the boys in the Middle East and stop threatening the others with American questionable might.
From the other hand United States policy should change towards the other countries and stop creating enemies and start taking care of its own impoverished population. Their Democracy will likely not be just like ours and that’s OK.