What did I know about popular uprisings, revolutions and ‘angry protests’ in the name of democracy and freedom until recently? I knew pretty much nothing, to be honest.
I even had this stupid idea that most people would tolerate a bit of chaos, looting and indiscriminate killings, if they knew that it would all end in freedom descending on their motherland. At least that was how the mainstream media portrayed all those revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa and I bought that concept and all that bull about human rights, people power, freedom of expression and blah, blah, blah.
But guess what the Arab Spring and especially the mayhem that continues in Syria up to this day taught me? It taught me that the majority of people don’t want to go through hell just because some politicians or revolutionaries are bent on grabbing power and introducing a totally new arrangement where they’ll be calling all the shots. Especially as the Arab Spring so vividly confirmed that all those violent changes of regime usually produce situations that are much worse than the ones that existed before, like it happened in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria. In fact, I dare you to name a single revolution in history that made things better. You won’t be able to.
Which sort of implies that all those governments and politicians and left-wing hotheads who spearhead campaigns to invade other nations, replace regimes or support anti-government rebels, supposedly for the sake of introducing democracy there, are either opportunists who want to cover up problems at home with alleged victories abroad or are corrupt as hell and plan to make a fortune on their treachery or have an agenda that they are not revealing.
No one likes revolutions is what I have now learned. I’d even go as far as saying that no one really cares all that much about democracy and freedom, whatever they stand for these days, as long as there is no shooting on the streets or shelling of whole cities and the water is running and the electricity is provided without cuts and the shitter works. Revolutions, you see, are always driven by small groups of people who inflame tensions among the poor by giving them false promises and then use the ensuing chaos to their advantage, while covering their vile agendas with that fancy talk about democracy and human rights.
One thing about uprisings you should know is that they tend to benefit all sorts of lowlifes who profit from the ensuing confusion. Groups of people who call themselves ‘protesters’ like to smash shop windows and grab items on offer. Other less conspicuous ‘revolutionaries’ tend to enter private and corporate premises, treating themselves to anything they can find there. Armed gangs calling themselves ‘freedom fighters’ start terrorising whole communities and rob them of their possessions. It happened in Egypt, it happened Libya and Yemen, it is happening now all over Syria.
They say that envy drives all revolutions. I say it’s also the possibility for some serious redistribution of wealth and a power grab.
The one thing that I would suggest to any nation where shifty-eyed ‘revolutionaries’ are calling on the people to launch an uprising to topple the current regime, is to basically tell them to go to hell. Because it will all end in tears and get much worse than it is now.
What I’m getting at here is this: it’s all very well for politicians to get all principled and freedom loving, siding with anti-government rebels even when they have no idea who these people are like it happened in Libya and Syria. But the locals have a completely different take on that. The locals have no desire to get robbed or die just because some George Bush Junior, Barack Obama or Tony Blair or David Cameron – all incidentally, profiting as you read this from their treachery in office – thought it would all be worth it.
No one likes upheavals, even if they happen in the name of democracy. And political leaders should be told that in no uncertain terms. And if they don’t get it, they should be told to take a walk.Share