More On Arab Rebellions

Posted By on April 24, 2011

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

Readers of this blog should recognize the above words, words unique in the “course of human events,” words which sparked a change in the response of free men to tyrants, words which should be heeded by the current generation for their wisdom, insight and as an example to our governmental leaders as they consider the actions they pursue.

One month ago I published another article entitled, “‘Moral Obligation’? What About…“, thus beginning a discussion which should be undertaken as we consider the current uprisings sweeping the Arab world. One month has passed and still we know little, or nothing about the leaders of these uprisings. One month has passed and still we know nothing of the intentions, motivations or goals of these uprisings. One month has passed and still we know only that the oppressive Arab dictators, are nothing more than the cruel tyrants we knew them to be. One month has passed and still the rebels have yet to establish any type of government in exile, council, representative body or even the most basic of an organized committee.

One month has passed and we know little more than we knew then. The people of these countries, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, et al, suffer continued deprivations and death at the hands of their oppressors. The media continues to report the often one-sided stories from the perspectives of the rebels. The media continues to attempt to equate them to the leaders of the American independence movement of over two centuries ago; yet, the modern rebels bear no similarity to these great men of the past. The media continues to play on our emotions, tug upon the cords of our compassion and sympathy; yet, again, where are the reports which would support a reasoned approach to the possible support of these people suffering under tyranny?

Have we seen a declaration of causes compelling these people to finally rise up against the tyrant? Have we read a collection of statements listing the charges, or the “long train of abuses” leveled against the tyrant? Have we been presented with any type of justification, or just how the rebels are representative of the consent of their individuals populations? To all these the answers is purely, and simply, “NO!”

What we have seen is the United Nations granting its approbation to a “No-Fly Zone” which has somehow no morphed into providing close air support for the rebels we don’t even know; of providing air support for rebel forces lacking even the most basic of military organization. We have seen a weak and indecisive American administration send continued mixed signals of their intent. We have observed NATO waffle on exactly how to proceed and act.

A reasoned appeal to the lessons of history point to learning their lessons and staying away from these rebellions until the leaders can provide ample justification for the rightness of their cause, and just why they should be entrusted with such a sacred trust as a new government among the nations. If we are asked to support these reportedly “courageous” men and women, then let us encourage them to provide us with sound reason and justifications for our support. Let’s encourage them to establish true representative organizations which derive their powers and voice of authority “from the consent of the governed” or the people they represent. Let’s encourage them to publish what they stand for, and just how they intend to proceed.

Otherwise, let’s sadly leave them to their own course. Let us sympathize with their plight, but let us not waste our valuable resources to support efforts which historically will prove to be worse than what currently exists.

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2 Responses to “More On Arab Rebellions”

  1. SakaScotii says:

    I am glad to see someone else with a similar view on this. I have come across a few others, but none in writing. I heard the talk show host Michael Savage (I am a fan, but not always in agreement with his style and substance), within the first few days of the goings-on in Egypt, say something to the effect that these rebels had no familiarity with the writings of Locke or Jefferson, and that the attempt to equate these rebels with our founders was a disingenuous insult.

    I personally have sympathies with some of the dictators, hard as it is to say it, if for no other reason than obtusity and a distrust of all things UN, all things NATO (remember the Balkans episode), and all things French (Sarkozy is not a Freedom Lover in my book).

    There is little doubt in my mind that this is Yugoslavia all over again. To put things into perspective: Colonel Qaddafi sided with the secular/Catholic Serbs over his fellow Al-Qaida-allied Muslim brothers. And yet he is still touted as a radical Muslim by certain pro-Libyan-operation ‘right’ wingers. If anything, he is a light socialist of the Non-Alligned school. Nothing to be proud of, and certainly a reason for people to revolt, but when the rebels may potentially be even more Baathist or Islamist than the guy we are attempting to overthrow, and we are helping them out so France and Italy can get cheaper oil?

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