The devil you Know?

Sometimes when you have to choose right or wrong, its simply not that easy and maybe even not possible, and when you persist and interfere you may only make matters so much worse.

On a local level take an example of a husband and wife having an upset. Your a braver man than I if you take sides. In international circles its a little more major, but none the less as basic.

None would argue that some countries need outside help, but at what point does that help become a hindrance to the general good of the country. The issue of what is good for international communities should never be a consideration.

Take for example Egypt. Ruled by Hosni Mubarak for some four decades and after interference of the West, resulting in the Arab Spring. But just what do we have today? One of the most unstable countries in the Middle East.

The Muslim Brotherhood swept to victory easily, only to be overthrown because they did not gauge and therefore misunderstood the will of the people. The Brotherhood took their overwhelming win in the elections as a mandate to impose a strict regime of Sharia law, thinking that is what the people wanted, when in fact they were simply showing their displeasure at the government.

The Arab Spring welcomed by so many, and yet so disappointing. To date, rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt (twice), Libya, and Yemen. Civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria; major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Sudan;  and minor protests have occurred in Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Western Sahara, and the Palestinian Authority.

In Iraq we saw Saddam Hussein lead for some 24 yrs, and yes we did not agree with his methods or his principles, but do we have a country that was better than when we interfered? That is the real question that needs to be asked.

Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (c. 1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary and politician, and the  ruler of Libya for 42 years. Again not a leader we would ever choose but he provided a relative peace in Libya for many years.

It may be that there is a certain common interest of some international countries when it comes to their preferred leaders, but our ideas of what we believe as to what will be the effect of regime change has so far been hopelessly inadequate.

Sometimes its better the devil you know………..


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