We Gadda(fi) get outta this place

In the 1950’s President Eisenhower referred to a theory now known as the Domino effect, while this is also the feeling you have the morning after gorging yourself on a pizza it’s a valid political theory that if one thing happens it causes the same to happen elsewhere. Notable examples include the spread of communism and the spread of democracy after the war in Iraq

Since December the middle east has been burning, although this time it wasn’t oil fires,  on December 17 Mohamed Bouazizi who had his fruit cart confiscated  the policewoman slapped him, spat in his face, and insulted his deceased father. A humiliated Bouazizi then went to the provincial headquarters in an attempt to complain to local municipality officials. He was refused an audience. Without alerting his family, at 11:30 a.m. and within an hour of the initial confrontation, Bouazizi returned to the headquarters, doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire(1).

This set off a chain of events in tunisia that saw the government thrown out and its leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali deposed.  Then in Egypt the same thing happened and again in Bahrain, Morocco, Yemen and more unrest in Iran. However the events in Libya are the most worrying.

The leader in Libya Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who resembles a cross between Steve Tyler and Donald Duck has ruled the country since the early 60’s. In that time he’s been the wests best friend, worst enemy and best friend. However while all the other protests (Maybe not Iran) have been “peacefull” Libya is starting to turn into some shit 1980’s action movie, there’s jets bombing civilians, a tyrannical despot saying ” I will eradicate them” in fact all it needs is Arnold Schwarzenegger showing up with some one liners and an upbeat techno background music and you’ll have a party to remember .

While it’s easy to mock there is a serious international tragedy happening there, as reflected in the following facebook updates.

“Urgent!! Please tell the world to do somthing to stop this crazy criminal 30 mins ago he sent his mercenaries to our town which is just20 min east tripoli they killed anyone in streets they shot a women in the head because she was in her balcony please it’s literal massacre we don’t have nothing to defend please speak to the world today they want to burn Down tripoli .. Please we can’t talk to media .. I beg all ppl to stop this massacre this might my last update we are going to defend our women and children with our bare bodies. God bless Libyan ppl. Many are dying every second. May Allah have mercy on all of us”

‎”Urgent!! Ppl in tripoli and tajoura stay away from open area stay away keep behind Walls!! And cars even if there IS no body in your area. If you here a gunshots try to cover 2 bullets just missed us and it came from scay there is shooting but like 10 mins from here. I don’t have Arabic please some on write it in Arabic. Inna lilah wa inna ilayhi rajeoon. They r killin everyone!!”

1)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%932011_Tunisian_revolution

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