Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ben Stein on the "Arab Spring in the Middle East"

The always brilliant Ben Stein lays out his concerns and fears that the "Arab Spring" uprisings that are occurring throughout the Middle East is not a movement that is favorable to democracy, freedom, and the United States. 

He echoes what I have also feared, that Iran is a large and ever more influential player in this vital region of the world.  Their increased power and hegemony throughout the Middle East will only serve to further endanger our ally Israel and indeed our own world interests in the very near future if such "democratic uprisings" continue unabated when al Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood are often found at the root of such events. 

Our apparent ignorance regarding the significance of these events is to our own great peril.  As Mr. Stein says, our help of these uprisings will amount to the equivalent of when the Shah of Iran was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini, because that worked out well for the United States, not to mention the good people of Iran.


John Myste said...

These uprisings could work for us or against us and we shall not easily know which. Sometimes I even consider that they may not be about us at all.


Carrie said...

I agree with John that they may not be about us. I do think the citizens in these tyrannical dictatorships want to change their lives. But -- as Ben Stein says-- the outcome is not usually beneficial to the people, in fact, quite the opposite. Watch as the Muslim Brotherhood takes power in Egypt and see the tyranny that results! and that is NEVER good for the people who supported new leadership with such hope or for the United States interests.