Although pundits are offering education, inflation, corruption and unemployment as arguments to explain the revolutions that have engulfed several Arab nations, most do not address influence of social networking on the Mullah Shahi driving Pakistan and many Gulf of Arabia and Red Sea Arab nations.
America is a bit player in on-going upheaval except in Pakistan. In last 70 years America and its coalition partners’ defeated fascist axis of Germany, Japan and Italy. Then in bed with Muslim extremists of Pakistan and Arabs it not only engineered exits of USSR from Afghanistan but also precipitated implosion of USSR to end grip of communists in parts of Europe and Asia. Now it is dealing with extremist Muslims it helped establish in 1980s.
Jury is out if jihadi extremists, with or without Pakistani army support, will survive or disintegrate.
The youth population is an estimated 750 million in 1.5 billion Muslim global population. As they get globally connected by social networking with an estimated 3 – 4 billion of 7 billion internet connected global population and social network sites they will, metaphorically, become street smarts youth in a position to bring about change through the kind of peaceful revolutions that have erupted in several Arab nations.
The power of social networking through internet is empowering youth to rebel against the “mullah shahi” backed despots and dictators who have pirated national wealth by controlling sale of national natural resources to West, US and the emerging powers of China and India.
Unemployment figures and illiteracy rates in all Islamic lands are high and development of natural resources by natives is practically non-existent. Army is to protect dictators and its self interests.
Mullah Shahi is allowed to flourish as clerics are ignorant of scientific, technology and engineering knowledge except what they inherit from their parents. Some well established Islamic schools offer bigotry and hate based propaganda and scholars, who at most know, in part, Islam as a religion and political Islam it espouses. The established BACWAS rulers (bureaucrats, army dictators, clerics (mullahs), warlords and scholars) learn to live in the delusional past hoping that jihadis they indoctrinate may be guided by the dictator in office to deliver for them extra-territorial political power.
The industrial revolution was followed by Communist revolution in Russia; USSR survived under communist dictators for about 70 years. Capitalism is evolving as it increasingly struggles to incorporate socialistic ideas for the benefit of masses represented by the middle and poverty class citizens.
Arab dictators with money from black gold have been around for less than 100 years and they are about to see change in their fortunes as the 750 million Muslim youth empowered by social networking precipitate revolutions for political change.
A possibility is that we may see an Arab equivalent of what happened to USSR in 1991. All dictators rule by sword and in this age of globally spreading social networking, economic concerns of masses are bringing political changes with mostly peaceful gatherings of masses.
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