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Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

I ran this by Gandy and thought I would start a thread on it.

After Iraq was freed from a brutal dictator that lead to a more free Islamic country, did other people around the region see that could happen in their country. Be able to do more of what they want, get paid more, and not be scared of their own government.

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Re: Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

As much as the Bush apologists (not saying you're one Magnum) would like it to be so, I don't think what happened in Iraq had a darn thing to do with what is going on now.

After all, to most of those in the ME the United States is actually a foreign country occupying one of their own.

I believe it is a combination of a lot of things, with the people being tired of living a bare existence while the elite few have it made....being one of the prime reasons.

What we have to keep in mind, is that a lot of the countries that are experiencing unrest, are ones which have pretty tough dictators/Kings that we have helped put in.....and keep in power.

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However, this much widespread resentment and pent-up collective rage is not something that can be easily fabricated. It is far more likely that anger over the feudal governing tactics of dictators in the Arab world (many of which were installed or supported by U.S. and European interests) is very real, and has been building for quite some time.

So then, why are Western governments applauding the overthrow of despots they themselves placed in power?

Another big factor in my opinion, is that the internet lets people see what's out there in the great big world....and they want some of it.

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Re: Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

Not sure but I probably doubt it. I would just think all those years of it they finally had enough.

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Re: Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

Just a thought.

Was wondering if it was one the first dominos to fall. Along with Yasir Arafat dying. But not an expert.

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Re: Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

Freeing Iraq from what?

Just today I visited with someone who once worked for me, he was born in Iraq. His father was born in Iraq and all of his family except for his mother and father still live in Iraq. They talk to family members almost daily. Life is far from pleasant there. I don't think a lot of people are looking at Iraq and thinking "damn I wish I could be like them".

If only those who knew what they were talking about replied, this thread would still be on page one.
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... and not be scared of their own government.

Thoughts??
Travel abroad and find out what it is like to be scared of whatever government you find yourself in...real eye-opening experience.

From my experiences on the dark continent there are a lot of actions based on, "Hey, look what they're doing, we can do that too!" only to wind up with the status quo being changed and a whole bunch of people asking themselves, "Now what?". The world is watching that question get answered in real time.

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Re: Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

The opposite. Our invasion of a soverign Middle Eastern nation made it less likely that these people would break lose and revolt and it served to strengthen the Muslim extremist cause. We gave them a united common enemy. We created so many enemies in that region that they naturally want to be the very opposite of what we are and represent. The fact that the entire regions positive views of the USA has plummeted in that region during the invasions is all the proof that is needed.

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Re: Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

I know this is way off topic, but is a revolution in China in the making?

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Re: Did freeing Iraq start the revolutions

Modern communications started it. Internet, Facebook, twitter etc. Those people want to be free. They want to be like us.
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I know this is way off topic, but is a revolution in China in the making?
If they did they would all be killed in about three hours.. North Korea maybe..
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