As the one-year anniversary of the “Arab Spring” approaches, it appears not much good bloomed from it.
Egypt’s military took over the government there, and in the first round of “free” elections, the party aligned with Islamic fundamentalism won the most seats in the assembly. Meanwhile, 16 Americans have their lives hanging in the balance after Egyptian officials arrested them for spying.
Yemen remains in chaos as its government tries to transition from a heavy-handed dictatorship to a more democratic society.
Libya managed to do away with Muammar Gaddafi, but the rebel government remains shaky at best, and pro loyalist forces and militia gangs remain at work against them.
In countries where some hoped the “spring” freedom pollen would spread, the picture looks bleak.
In Iran, despite sanctions and world outcry, the regime has turned its oppression up a notch — and its plans to produce nuclear weapon capability. A real and imminent threat exists for a war between it and Israel.
Life in Syria continues to worsen for many of its people, and huge amounts of chemical weapons sit ready for the taking if the regime collapses and can no longer protect them. Add to that news that U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have made noise about America helping to arm rebels in Syria. I wonder if lawmakers ever read a history book — or consume the daily news — when it comes to intervening in the ongoing (centuries) of chaos in the Middle East?
And a byproduct of all the unrest? Gas prices have pushed toward $4 a gallon again.
The year from the outset of the “Arab Spring” — prompted by a man in Tunisia who set himself afire in December 2010 to protest ill treatment by police there — passed quickly.
But efforts to extricate the U.S. from the ripple effects caused by the “revolution” continue to drag along with no real answers in sight.