In the morning the ruler rises up and rules. In the evening he lies down and waits for the morning. Rulers need people to rule. Even dummies can see that. It’s not just about power and money. If the rulers killed all their people there’d be no one to rule. Right away, that’s a limiting factor.
At the moment, though, they’ve caught on and it isn’t going to happen to them. After being stunned by Tunisia and Egypt, the autocrats and tyrants and monarchs of the Middle East and North Africa got it and are killing their people without fear. Constrained of course by the limiting factor. It’s always something.
As I see it, Egypt caught everyone so much by surprise that the vaunted American fearfulness kicked in in the wrong way and led it to side with the people screaming for Mubarak to go. In the first crucial days of the uprising, no one knew what to do with Egypt. The United States was calculating. It calculated, incorrectly I think, that it would be hated even more in the region if it let Mubarak kill his people. Mubarak and Suleiman were afraid to kill the Egyptian populace. They were afraid the US would finish calculating and dump them. That was incorrect. The United States was just waiting to see what happened if they killed their own population and, depending on how that went down, the United States would decide what to do. While the United States calculated, things got much worse for Mubarak and much better for the angry Egyptian population. Mubarak saw he wasn’t getting any help from the calculating United States, AND he hadn’t killed nearly enough people to maintain himself in power. So he is gone. However, Bahrain and Libya and Syria and Yemen learned from that. They acted murderously in a heartbeat when their populations imitated Egypt, killing their people first and seeing what the calculating United States would do later. Now the rulers are killing and terrifying their people and the United States is doing nothing. Mubarak is probably kicking himself now.


About judyjablow123

In my youth I was a world class tournament golfer. I earned an MA in history at NYU, after which I knew I had had enough of academia. I have remained a student of history. I have a strongly personal - almost entirely negative- take on the contemporary pharmaceutical and mental health industries. That was the impetus for my Bluepolar blog, which will also include stuff on sports, history and anything else that strikes my interest.
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