The breakout of protest throughout the Arab world beginning in late 2010 has become known as "The Arab Spring." In Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen,
regimes were ousted and replaced. Hope abounded. Major protests rocked a dozen other countries.en.wikipedia.org...
Many in the Western world viewed these developments as initially positive. People being liberated from oppressive dictators. Victory for civil
protest, victory for democracy.
Many may remember the Time man of the year being the protester.
The people are marching and the despots are falling. Therefore, this is the most profound period of post-Caliphatic history in the Arab-Islamic
I'm sure people here, who are bent to question, saw through the fallacy of liberation throughout the region. As time progressed, Syria became
increasing violent in trying to hold power while Egypt and Tunisia elected Islamist governments.
Meanwhile, American military forces remained ever present throughout the region.
So, when a cheap movie gets passed around the Arab world that offends it's religion, things get serious. It is important to realize that this movie
was only a minor spark in a powder keg of anti-Western sentiment.
So far, we've had an ambassador and consulates killed in Libya, a flag burned in Yemen, and violent protest in Egypt.
And for those who haven't heard, "Death to America" chants in Tehran.
In the Iranian capital, Tehran, up to 500 people protested over the issue chanting "Death to America!" and death to the movie's director, an
AFP photographer at the scene said.
The rally, near the Swiss embassy that handles US interests in the absence of US-Iran diplomatic ties, ended peacefully two hours later.
As evidence of the past few years, these types of movements spread quickly throughout the region and crowds are more than willing to gather in a
cause. For the most part here, the nation of Islam is how people identify themselves before nation-state.
These events represent a dangerous trend and radicalization could grow rapidly.
There have been numerous threads about the events of the past few days, so I'd like to try and make this one a little different by qualifying it as
discussion of the events in the context of the past few years.
How do the protests of 2011 relate to these?
Are there covert forces sparking the fuse?
Where is it all heading?