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Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Russia and USA: Power is in People
Once again, it is happening, this time in Egypt. Mass revolt against the dictatorship of President Mubarak to overthrow 30 years of less than free democracy. Just earlier in the month, Tunisia's dictator collapsed after huge demonstrations and revolt of its people who sought more freedom. The same sort of thing happened to the then, USSR, now Russia, in 1991-2. Freedom of expression was allowed into the society of Communism, which had placed Russian people under its yoke since 1918. Soon, the population was willing to confront, disobey their police, their military, their leaders with mass revolt and demonstration across the country. Then, the impossible happened: the USSR fell apart as geographic areas that comprised it, became free and independent. There was little even they could do about because the power was in people who were not afraid to continue and remain steadfast. Once the fear element had vanished in the people, the power went to the people despite authoritarian attempts to squelch and destroy it. The Egyptian people have now passed this and it is only a matter of time until change comes.
In 1979, the same identical thing happened in Iran, which was very pro western and a US ally, but it came at a cost, the Shah was a dictator just as Mubarak is. The Iranian people lacked many freedoms and because of that the extremists of Islam used their own propaganda to convince the people their way out was with them. Mass riots occurred until the climax with the US Embassy occurred. Now, history is repeating with the 30 million Iranians, all under 30, wanting freedom. Whether or not the Iranian people will become fearless is theirs to decide, but united, they would steamroll over the current regime.
America also had it recent "power to the people" moment in the late 60's and early 70s when they took to the streets about the Vietnam war. Granted, the majority were under 30 yrs, because they were the ones fighting it. But many their continued riots and demonstrations told the government and President that the war was not what most Americans wanted, starting in 1972, America began to withdraw.
John Lennon's, Power to the People single was released while The Beatles were still a band and he was telling what many others already knew, that power is in people and large numbers unified can and will change anything once the fear of repression and consequences is tossed aside.