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A View from the Altar / That fabled “Arab street”
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That fabled “Arab street”

First Tunisia, then Egypt, now Jordan and Yemen.  Who’s next?  All across the middle East it seems the Arabs are not pleased with their governments.  I don’t pretend to know what the specific issues are in each country.  Heck, if Hillary doesn’t know, how should I?

But it’s not that hard to take a poke at general trends in the affected areas.  Secret police?  Check.  Disappearances?  Check.  Corruption?  Check.  Ruling class heedless of their countrymen’s real aspirations?  Check.  Governments long past being considered illegitimate by the populace?  Double-check.

As odd as it seems to think in these terms, the ruling classes in the West should study this.  We’ve got our secret police spying on us everywhere.  We’ve got secret prisons here and abroad; we’ve got truly massive corruption disguised as campaign finance, and arrogant rulers who don’t give a rat’s exhaust port about the country so long as they can rule it.  A sizeable portion of the population believes our ruling class would just as soon trash the Constitution they’ve sworn to uphold.  The informed segment of the population already knows that the feds consider the fourth and tenth amendments to be null and void.  Legitimacy in government, says King Solomon, ain’t no guaranteed thing (Prov 27:24, Reed’s Paraphrase).  And once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Just ask Hosni Mubarak.

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