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The future of Arab boys who have gained their freedom
28-02 – Author: Adel Jabbar
January 14, 2011: this is the date that marks the turning point much needed by the multitudes of Arab countries, where the despot (al-taghiya) Ben Ali has fled. The tyrant who held hostage in Tunisia for 23 years is gone.
January 25, 2011: It was the day when the youth in Egypt has accepted the invitation of the youth movement “April 6” to demonstrate with the aim to put an end to the dominance of another Arab dictator who made the emergency laws a systematic practice.
These two dates indicate a radical departure from decades of stagnation, which could become a unique aspect of Arab society. Protests (al-tadhahurat) the insurgency (al-wathba), the uprising (intifada) and revolution (al-Thawra) who are going through the entire Arab region, from Mauritania to Yemen, would like to highlight the spring of the Renaissance (Nahdha), the public and the desire to ransom as well as renewal (Tajdid).
These events occur after a long period marked by endless oppression, repression, persecution and impoverishment of the entire society with the exception of a small circle of family and courtiers. Years of political and socio-cultural retreat, with heavy losses in terms of foreign policy and the loss of sovereignty.
The entire Arab world, in fact, it was found, again, to suffer the constraints that refer to the memory of the colonial era. With millions of youth movements of the Arab inhabitants, in these days begin to see the end of the tunnel and see the light of a new and necessary awakening (sahawa). The events that are shaking the Arab societies and the overwhelming number of princes and vassals show:
1) that the people have overcome the fear that has paralyzed them for decades, and in fact have found the strength to defeat the culture of intimidation and terror that the tyrants have used and used as the only way to govern, and
2) that the elites, often secular, are nothing but mafia cliques nepotistic, and
3) that the democratic Western powers have supported corrupt and violent regimes to defend their material interests, forgetting their human rights culture, which they used, not infrequently, in purely instrumental terms,
4) a maturity and political awareness of the younger age groups unmarked by twentieth-century ideological references,
5) that large sectors taking nonviolence and civil disobedience as a practice to claim their rights and their dignity, and then refuting disproving the cliché Arab societies imbued with violence and religious fanaticism, flattening the image of Arabs on the figure Bin Laden and al-Qa’aida,
6) the absence of anti-Western rhetoric – were not targeted either people or symbols of Western interests – and learning to speak a language capable of cross-cultural communication in a world of differences and multiplicity through slogans such as dignity, freedom and justice.
Many people ask what are the consequences of these upheavals. You can groped briefly indicate two plausible changes, one domestic and one external. Regarding the internal situation, you could start a political course characterized by the recognition of different political parties that tend to position themselves at first in the new scenario has arisen at a later time and will compete for the acquisition of popular support through the ballot box.
In this view the various and diverse visions of an Islamic certainly play a significant role, but it would not be a totalizing and hegemonic role, unlike what some analysts argue. Although some Islamic education will occupy a key position in the new arrangements will, however, very close to the experience of the democratic-Islamic Turkish team, and then will have some similarities with some of the democratic experience in Christian Europe.
Regarding the second point, namely that the external changes that are coming will be slower and will be developed with caution. One of the changes likely involve a rethinking of relations interarabe in terms of increased collaboration in order to restore some role on the world scene and acquire political clout than some hot and sensitive issues, such as the question of the Palestinian people, the situation of Somalia and relations with Iran.
In addition we will try to distance itself from some of the decisions of U.S. politics and find a separate item, without having to flatten on the choice of Washington as has happened over the last few decades (for example, participation in the war against Iraq, support for the war against Afghanistan and adherence to a possible attack on Iran). What is certain and show the events taking place, is that Arab nations have already won a decisive role on the political agenda both nationally and internationally, having now a perfect knowledge of their role, their rights and their dignity.
Translated from italian http://domani.arcoiris.tv/il-futuro-dei-ragazzi-arabi-che-si-sono-ripresi-la-loro-sovranita/