I believe freedom and liberty usurp peace when peace is at the hands of tyrants, so I was able to look at the Arab Spring as a chance for subjugated people to seize their right to self-determination. Having spent years dealing with people from the region I have come to admire the people I have met. I am vehemently opposed to the way the culture treats its women, but on a personal level (with a few exceptions from Saudi Arabia), I have not met a single person from North Africa or the Middle East I did not like or appreciate. Am I so naively stupid to ignore the fact that the region is rife with savagery and religious stupidity? No, but my life in the regular world hasn't put me in contact with those who would kill me.
|Protesters scale the wall of the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, shortly|
before US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens was brutally
|Murdered US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens|
The Libyan government needs to strongly repudiate the savage barbarianism they supposedly fought to end in their country, or we as Americans need to consider Libya an enemy. Not at some nebulous time in the future, but today. The same must be said for Tunisia and Egypt.
I am sad to have to admit that so far my belief in the people of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya has proven to have been a mistake.