North Africa, Near East: The Tipping Point

The fire next time

Ok, I'm a Buddhist but my soul is Arab

I continue to worry about the wildfire in North Africa.  Should a change of government prevail in many of the governments of the Middle East, North Africa?  This has already become a fait acompli.  What opportunities or constraints will more change will present in the future?  I think it is fairly clear that loose-cannon states like Libya are an albatross around the necks of the Arab polity of states.  The elimination of the grossly aberrant Arab states like Libya can only benefit the more classic Arab states.

No calculus will be sufficient to satisfy all points of view. It may be in the interest of these classic states to clean house in the interest of peace and the avoidance of chaos, for chaos is certainly on the horizon.

The US should not intervene unilaterally because this would be ”tres Bush et Cheney.”  It would feed the fires of neocolonialism.  All responsible parties have a stake in peace and the resumption of commerce. The future of the world is in the hands of the people who will benefit from its outcome. – carlos



About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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