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The history of popular revolutions has been horrifying if we look over our shoulders at Russia, China, and Germany, but you can’t help but hope that Tunisia starts a domino effect in the Muslim world. Fear has kept the West, and the U.S. especially, on the side of brutal reactionary rule in countries where the alternative — fanatical fundamentalism — was even more fearful. No image frightened the average American more than the Arab street portrayed on TV, an angry mob ready to hate us without provocation. But behind those outraged young men lie real grievances that run very deep.
Now there’s a chance for change — if we stop being so afraid. It is very likely that the mullahs in every country will rise in power, as they have in Iran and Iraq. Religious fundamentalism, as much as one dislikes it, has been the last hope for people living in degraded conditions while a tiny elite scrapes off the country’s wealth. The real answer to Islamic fundamentalism is an open, free, modern society, where education is given outside the religious schools that are currently the only option for poor Arab children. What feeds our fear? Substitute al-Qaeda for communism and we have a new version of Reagan’s great Satan. There’s no substitute in place for our country’s oil addiction. Our oil consumption and dependency is going stronger than the days in the ’70ies when OPEC tripled the price of oil. With both the economic and religious influences in place, the powers that be are shaking at the prospects of widespread revolution in the Arab World.
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