We do not yet know what we are witnessing in the Arab world, but for sure it will change the Arab world forever; And hopefully to the better. After decades of nepotism and dictators accumulating unimaginable wealth in Swiss bank accounts and other western tax heavens, it is time for the Arab public to revolt again.
It is all about distribution of wealth, knowledge and democratization of yet another large world population. And the Arab world deserve better than a polarization of wealthy tyrants on one side and the radical Muslims on the other. There are plenty of room in between for a liberal democratic development. History tells us, though, that democratic development does not come easily – but it is worth fighting for.
- The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia kicked off suppressed people in a whole region.
- The Facebook revolution in Tarir Square in Cairo led to Mubarak stepping down.
- The Pearl Revolution is gaining support in Bahrain
- In Libya, Gadaffi has so far responded with arms
- …Who is next?
We are experiencing very exiting times, but also times of opportunism, as the region is so resource rich. For the first time, a grass root revolution is supported by significantly improved transparency. Through the Internet in general, and Wikileaks in specific, information cannot be controlled as before. With web 2.0 and web 3.0 tools, the public has communication tools which in many instances work far better than those of corrupted government agencies. No despot should feel safe after this.
No technological platform can work without content, though, and among the intellectual content that has contributed to promote change in Serbia, Ukraine and now Egypt and the Arab world is that of Gene Sharp. He is the world’s foremost expert on non-violent revolutions, and his book “From Dictatorship to Democracy” has been translated into more than 30 languages. Sharp’s work is not an American product, but rather a synthesis of world humanist knowledge built on pillars such as Gandhi, Einstein and Galtung.
…And who will be the new Lawrence of Arabia?
Anders, from a darn cold Gjøvik, Norway