People around the world make New Year’s resolutions at the close of each year. In December of 2010, the Middle East set a course of New Year’s revolutions, which directly affected more than 15 different countries in that region throughout 2011. While not desirable, history has shown time and again that revolution is essential to the preservation of freedom and liberty.
Arab Spring forward, regimes fall back
What came to be known as the “Arab Spring”, resulted in protests throughout the Middle East; with revolutions occurred in both Tunisia and Egypt and a bloody civil war in Libya, all of which resulted in the fall of their respective governments.
While these three countries are considered “success stories” of the Arab Spring, other countries that saw civil uprisings, such as Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen, are still unstable.
Major protests occurred in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, with minor protests occurring in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Western Sahara.
Taking it to the streets
Inspired in part by the Arab Spring, American protestors took to the streets, specifically Wall Street. Beginning in September, Occupy Wall Street protests occurred from coast to coast.
Do people have a right to be angry in this country? Yes. But if changes need to be made, as many believe they do, then let those changes be made through the proper channels. Some will decry and say, “The system is broken. What other recourse do we have?” Things must be kept in perspective.
Say what you will about America, but right now a whole section of the world is engaged in a bloody revolution to eke out a standard of living which will still be leagues below what the average American takes for granted. What constitutes poverty in this country compared to the rest of the world is laughable.
For many, 2011 will be remembered as the year of revolution. The world needs to change, but it has to start with us; how we live our lives and how we treat others. Let us make 2012 the year in which resolutions are remembered. We are nothing but the promises we keep.