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Underlying Reasons for Unrest Not Fully Evident in Original Incident

Reader comment on item: Mohammed Bouazizi, Historical Figure

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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