First blossoms of spring in the Arab world

March 15, 2011 - 0:0

The general uprising against autocracy, corruption, and family rule in the Arab world, though it came much too late, is still an encouraging and promising development.

The Middle East/North Africa region is one of the last places in the world where the system of absolute monarchy still exists.
In addition, in some Arab states that do not have monarchist systems, a version of republican monarchism is in place.
But the people of all those countries are getting fed up with this archaic system from a bygone era.
If Arab rulers were wise, they would have gradually opened up to democracy before the masses rose up against them.
The kings, emirs, and princes, with their unwieldy titles, and the presidents and prime ministers of the Arab world should have realized long ago that the people are tired of them and want to see new faces.
But perhaps these people believe that they have been born to rule.
Yet, a monarchist system, in which the head of a family is the head of state and the members of his inner circle, which is mostly members of his family and other cronies, hold almost all the other important government posts, is an insult to the intelligence of citizens.
It is bizarre that in this day and age, this anachronistic tribal system of government is still in place in most Arab countries.
This system of family rule is a kind of apartheid that divides society into a privileged ruling class and their minions.
In addition, women are still treated as inferior citizens in many Arab countries, and in Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to vote or drive cars.
But finally, spring has come to the Arab world, and this miraculous rebellion against family rule is encouraging people in many other parts of the world, and now dictators in non-Arab countries are also trembling from fear of popular uprisings.
It has been a long wait, but it seems that the spring has finally come.