Posted by: madkentdragon | November 23, 2011

The Eternal Riddle

We have seen all the revolutions in the Middle East this year, and today another dictator resigns, but what has changed, what really has changed?

Not a lot, Egypt seems to have gone back to square one – or Tahrir Square and seems to be suffering more this time round – why?

Other countries are in the throw of ridding their countries of dictators, but what’s taking their places?

The problem is that all these areas are tribal and based on different versions of the same religion – ring any bells?

Bring it closer to home, in Ireland the Roman Catholic citizens of Northern Ireland were still campaigning for full civil rights in the 60s! Remember “The Troubles”?

At least this country had emancipation of women and nearly full equality by the 70s, but the Middle East Countries still treat women as second class citizens – or chattels.

How can you expect a country that still treats women this way to develop a full democracy? It’s going to take years, decades for any sort of change and in the meantime there will be more civil unrest, more deaths and who will sort out the turmoil and bloodshed?

Can the UK, US and Europe keep affording to jump in and what happens when they leave?

The only way to sort the whole maelstrom of problems is to educate both men and women to a higher standard and get them to develop their own rules – but I’m not holding my breath!



  1. Well said but you know as we all do nothing is as easy as they think it is, I suppose we will have to wait, see and remember that all most of the people want is work, food, wages and most of all PEACE.

  2. So true

  3. didn’t the troubles have more to do with unionist vs nationalist with religion as a byline?

    • But “Bloody Sunday” started with a civil rights march and civil rights were part of the dispute

  4. A major ‘problem’ (if it’s politically correct to call it that) is the way religion dominates in Middle Eastern countries. In the UK, for instance, we’ve moved increasingly towards secularism but the Protestant Church has moved towards much more equality for women in the process. That’s religion bowing to the pressures of equality and secularism. I can’t see that happening any time soon in the Middle East, however many women the Tunisian government say they’re giving roles to. Female empowerment seems incompatible with Islam as things stand.

    • That is part of what I was trying to get across

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