the Arab Spring
0 comment Monday, April 7, 2014 |
Like you I imagine, I've been watching the Arab Spring unfold across the middle east and north Africa, as we've gone from the amazing scenes in Egypt which showed the beauty and indomitably of the human spirit, to the enraging brutality meted out to the people of Libya and Syria.
For the past decade al-qaeda have hijaked the voice of the Muslim world, trying to tell us that Muslims want nothing less than the western world to burn.
But what we see in all those repressive states is people who want to live like human beings; to be free to speak their minds, to live without fear of death and torture from their ruling elite, to be part of a democratic process that sees their country and its people thrive. They want to work, love, play, be with their family without living under the shadow of a repressive regime that enjoys nothing more than to stamp on the face of humanity.
There's not a lot we can do to help these people as they grasp this one chance to throw off the darkness and live in the light. Our leaders will do what they will, our armies will do what they have to and bless them for it. There's not a lot that us ordinary people, in our thankfully ordinary lives, can do to help these amazing people giving their todays in order that others may have their tomorrow.
But, if you will, take five minutes out of your day, forget your worries, your bills, your work difficulties and the 'thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to', close your eyes, listen to this song and think of them. Just think of them.