The event that started the ferment of today was the Tunisian Revolution. I think it will prove to be a world-defining, precedent-setting moment for the planet. After this, I believe, it will be impossible to put the genie of peaceful popular dissent back in the bottle.
It constitutes, in my eyes at any rate, the first time in our recent history that the better part of a country has risen up peacefully and successfully demanded that a corrupt dictator leave. It offers an example to all other countries.
It was bloodless except for the actions of what were probably agents provocateurs, plain-clothes policemen, who tried to incite violence and local thugs and looters.
It has caused President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the corrupt and dictatorial ruler of the Tunisian regime, to step down without bloodshed and leave the country. It’s inspiring other nations to follow suit.
This successful revolution is a clear signal sent to other corrupt regimes. I think the people of Earth are saying, now as nations, I hope later as a world, that it’s time to close down corrupt governments, criminalized institutions, and suborned militaries, and peacefully extend to all citizens government of the people, by the people, for the people.
I personally look forward to similar transitions happening wherever a corrupt dictatorship oppresses and exploits its people. Where corrections can be made by simple democratic process, I hope they are made. Where regimes are dug in, a precedent has been set for the people to come out in numbers peacefully and express their wishes. The hope is that corrupt regimes will step down in the face of it and open the world up to democracy and freedom.
Readers of this site will know that there’s a trend in human affairs happening towards integrity, truthfulness, and compassion, fairness, justice, and peace. Here one can see the signs of it happening.
The people of the world may disagree on the reasons for it and the nature of the trend. They might see things from different perspectives and want different results, but there is a trend nonetheless and the people appear ready for it.
I hope we continue to see militaries support the people or at least remain neutral, dictators leave, honest political administrations arise, frauds and criminals brought to justice, civil rights restored, and unified planet-wide action taken to share what could be abundance, once the criminally-corrupt elements are removed.
I hope people continue to raise their sights to the welfare of the entire human race and increase their awareness that this planet is our common home and responsibility.
I would like to see Tunisian Revolutions, Egyptian Revolutions, Versions 2.0, 3.0, and so on, happen in all countries on Earth where exploitation and oppression are felt by their citizens.
I consider the peaceful fall of the fraudulent and corrupt a good thing, an inevitable thing, in light of a growing climate of compassion and concern among people and their increasingly-open and willing expression of their wishes, as exemplified by the Tunisian Revolution.