The future leaders
The world has been mesmerized by the sudden uproar that has taken over Africa. It seemingly started in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in an act of public protest against the government’s censorship of the media.
Many feel this was the spark that caused millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds to demand the overthrow of the regime of the Tunisian president but also Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Despite being predominantly peaceful in nature, the revolution was not without violent clashes between security forces and protesters.
This later spread like a wild fire throughout Africa, the Syrian crackdowns and now the ongoing unrest between Muammar Gaddafi and the “rats” rebels for the leadership of Libya. Rumours have been rife that under the cloak of the revolution, they swooped in creating a fictitious rebel organisation comprised of Libyan Muslim right wingers.
And in their quest to find the elusive Gaddafi, Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said in a news conference, “The National Transitional Council announces that any of his inner circle who kill Gaddafi or capture him, society will give amnesty or pardon for any crime he has committed.”
While in Syria a 2007 law required internet cafes to record all the comments users post on chat forums. Websites such as Wikipedia Arabic, YouTube and Facebook were blocked intermittently between 2008 and February 2011. This caused another yet another country to revolt against its leaders and another government soon to be overthrown. And the western world rejoiced.
Reality is, some of these dictators were good for their countries.
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