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Underlying Reasons for Unrest Not Fully Evident in Original Incident

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Apr 20, 2011 at 12:31

The tragic circumstances of this young man is representative of uncounted millions (an understated figure to be sure) who have little, if any, resources to make out in a life that has nothing but unfairness and uncertainty plaguing a hopeless existence. In the obvious moral vacuum surrounding his existence and definitely alone in his cries for help, Mohammed Bouazi did not further have any defense nor apparently any civil rights, for his supposed defenders were the offenders.

The type of amoral actions by the police in Sidi Bouzid is by no means limited to third world scenarios, such things happening even in the United States. So there is no means to assigning this action to a particular mentality other than a failure of conscience that can be attributed to the general sinfulness of mankind. It is strange then that what might have been an obscure byline in al-Jazeera now feeds to the world as a cause-celeb for civil unrest in a way no one might have imagined, let alone plan for.

While the death of Mohammed Bouazi does have its implications leading to the unrest in the Muslim world, the greater implications of just where this will all lead is still developing. This is in no small way due to the subliminal powers in the region using this for a political gain yet to be completely played out. Egypt and Libya, Syria and Yemen, all places with authoritarian governments like that from Tunisia are finding themselves under a pressure they seemingly cannot get control of without oppressive force; and they cannot determine why?

Mohammed Bouazi told them why, but none would listen. Now others who have listened are taking up the banner; and one can be quite sure they will have their say (some ready to die for it), until they have their way. The questions is: who is going to take advantage of Bouazi's incident and advocate for changes that result in civil rights advances? Or is there only going to be regime change that keeps the 'Bouazis' in submission until next time.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
El mundo moderno no llega todavía a estos lugares [129 words]Angel OterosDec 25, 2011 18:34192025
Gender had nothing to do with it. [100 words]MikeyApr 27, 2011 03:18184600
Bouazizi's story [19 words]Cal RollinsApr 26, 2011 14:49184586
One step [26 words]John BApr 22, 2011 07:37184501
Bouazizi and Fadiya [69 words]Frank LukeApr 21, 2011 13:03184470
freedom in the Islamic world [51 words]concernedApr 21, 2011 09:11184465
2A good dream or a nightmare? [91 words]NuritGApr 21, 2011 02:06184461
Their own brothers prefer to die than live with them. [179 words]batya daganApr 20, 2011 19:47184457
The people may ignite the flame, but who carries the torch? [227 words]saraApr 20, 2011 17:58184453
1democrazy [56 words]JanApr 21, 2011 13:07184453
7Islamic hypocrisy big time [157 words]dhimmi no moreApr 26, 2011 08:26184453
how original [30 words]Amin RiazApr 30, 2011 02:51184453
Islamic drivel [91 words]dhimmi no moreMay 1, 2011 05:58184453
4We are all Khaled Said (Sa3eed) [117 words]dhimmi no moreApr 20, 2011 17:24184451
Khalid said [47 words]janApr 21, 2011 13:12184451
2Islamic drivel [154 words]dhimmi no moreApr 26, 2011 08:18184451
2Underlying Reasons for Unrest Not Fully Evident in Original Incident [344 words]M. ToveyApr 20, 2011 12:31184449
2Arab cultural problems [38 words]Fabian PascalApr 20, 2011 23:36184449
2Exactly right Fabian [200 words]saraApr 21, 2011 17:13184449
Worse than that [23 words]Fabian PascalApr 21, 2011 18:13184449
4Islam will have to face the real world [383 words]PrashantApr 24, 2011 01:35184449
Are you being serious [59 words]Amin RiazApr 30, 2011 03:03184449
Why do the Muslims hate Western Leaders and consider them Hypocrites... [54 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
abdulla alHarbiApr 20, 2011 11:07184446
Grief? [41 words]KerryApr 20, 2011 10:01184444
Have some sense, Luv [48 words]Amin RiazApr 30, 2011 03:05184444
3And have you counted how many Hindus were killed by Muslims? [81 words]dhimmi no moreMay 1, 2011 06:37184444
Being Held Accountable for Actions of One, Actions of All - Who Ultimately Pays [677 words]M. ToveyMay 2, 2011 17:26184444
fairy tales. [13 words]Amin RiazMay 2, 2011 22:07184444
90Women just as tyrannical as men in the Arab world ... [238 words]ShishirApr 20, 2011 09:22184442
The Muslim women are tyrranical like their counterparts [34 words]aktApr 16, 2012 01:02184442
2Mohammed Bouazizi no Jan Palach or Ryszard Siwiec [222 words]MariaApr 20, 2011 09:17184441
Problems where there is no problem! [133 words]PrashantApr 25, 2011 03:41184441

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