Arab conspiracies, world conspiracies!
Arab conspiracy theories continue as popular protests have engulfed the region starting from Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. Even Saudi Arabia is having its share and Syria and Jordan have joined the "demonstrative' fray .
It's unprecedented, probably never happened in the history of the modern Middle East. For a long time, since at least the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and more recent in the last 10 years, the region laid dormant while revolutions and popular raisings peaked in different areas of the world.
This region was probably one of the most stable internationally, despite the "hot issue" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict which was termed manageable and contained. But no more, its a roller-coaster of protests, from the west to the east of the region; literally everyone is up-in-arms with a distinct feeling that you "have to be with the crowds".
This is also why many especially in the region see the protests as the work of outside forces and cryptic external interventions, manipulating external forces for change. These forces are deliberately manipulating the bad mainly economic situations in Arab countries, and "gearing" people against their own governments, either for all removal or want drastic political reforms as is the case in Bahrain, Oman Jordan and now Syria.
Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh who has been facing constant protests for his removal since last February not only used the same argument, but went a step further. He told a gathering of loyal supporters, it is Israel and the United States clamoring for his removal through supporting the daily street protestors in the different cities of the country. The Americans didn't blinker, they knew this was for public consumption though they didn't like it one bit. However, because of the mass demos on the streets, that began in January 2011, he at last to stand down after 10 months.
But Why would the United States want to remove Mr Saleh is anybody's guess especially since he had long become a pro-American loyalist fighting Washington's war against Al Qaeda. Why wouldn't Israel want the Yemeni President is also is a guess up for grabs. But this was words and politics being played out.
Conspiracies and conspiratorial thinking has continued to gain greater grounds especially as protests marooned Arab cities, and in countries where protests have never been heard of like Oman or the UAE. Most of the protests are happening in the backyards of regimes that are staunchly pro-West and pro-American. No body is saying who is the mysterious shadow is, but what is complicating the reading as well, protests--take Syria for instance which has flaired up-are taking place in posts that are not pro but anti-American.
But if it is the Americans who are behind it, as if they had nothing better to do in the world, why would they want to create instability for instance in Bahrain, the home of her fifth fleet for the whole of the Gulf, for instance. Why jeopardize a regime by supporting Shiite protestors who in all probability might become strongly pro-Iranian once it gained the kind of reforms it wants in that tiny kingdom. There are already saber-ratlling whimperings for Iran warning the Bahraini regimes to lay off their Shia citizens or else!
It doesn't add up especially since America still doesn't believe in rocking the boat in countries like Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates which are regarded as pillars of western alliances. America saved Kuwait from Saddam! If these regimes leave, American foreign policy would deffinitly be in tatters.
But the general undercurrent persists that there are outside forces who want to create an unstable situation in the region for their own ends. We are not told by whom, why and who are the culprits are, but finger-pointing is I am affraid the Americans who tried to talk about the emergence of a new Middle East after, they got rid of Saddam Hussain in 2003. Their general view was that greater democracy must be introduced in the region, but it was stopped at that, save for the 'enlighted' programs and workshops introduced in the region; plus Arab regimes continued as they were.
Now it can be argued that the culprit lie again in the shadows. It could well be the Americans, but also the Europeans, Russians or even Chinese, or maybe it’s the Japanese or Koreans, Indians and Pakistanis! The situation is unnerving as one touble spot seems to follow another.
Even the people who had longed for change in the regime systems in the Arab world are now questioning their comprehension. Is It becoming fashionable to protests, demonstrating en masse in the Arab world, but this can't be, they have never done it before, not on this scale as in the millions in Tunisia and Egypt openly calling for the removal of their regimes. No, this must be wrong, something, somebody, someone is pushing from outside.
What foreign power or force can sustain an 18-day uprising in Egypt is impossible to predict or we are not told lest we spill the secret beans. From a strategic point of view America had lost a great ally with the removal of Husni Mubarak from power. The West lost an important friend in Zein Al Abedine Ben Ali.
In the end it is the will of the people. Why can't people, Arabs in the region accept that point of view is a source of worry that tells much of the Arab conspiratorial mentalities. Why can't the popular protests happening in the Arab world be accepted at face value that people have become sick of unrepresentative, dictatorial, repressive governments and regimes and of rulers who far outstayed their welcome.
We in the Arab world need to change our way of thinking and perspectives. We need to realize the changes happening in society, in economy, and even politics as a result of development, underdevelopment, globalization and powerful international alliances.
We need to accept the internet, the new dynamic youth culture of young people demanding new rights and more positive expectations from their governments, and that the new struggles are no longer along the classical class lines of rich and poor but much more delineated and overlapping.
We need to accept rulers like Colonel Moammar Gadaffi, who has been in power for 40 years, has to stop and end. We need to get used to the fact that fixed presidential chairs are not there forever, and not fear the change itself because there is a grand design on the Arab world, and we must show a united stance and pull down the shutters.
Conspiratorial theories in the Arab world are being challenged by other world conspiracies from the West with one saying what makes the Arab masses rise has to do with the Russian KGB, the old remnants of which are doing the biddings for the removal of Arab regimes.
This is a good one indeed, for Russia has long lost its glory, and the KGB is definitely a minuscule of its former self. It would be good to stop thinking conspiratorially and a little bit rationally—scientific reason.
But still there is an unnerving shadow, manipulating events for an ultimate aim is to create chaos and further instability in the region