To say that something is happening in the Middle East is an understatement. What is happening in Libya now is actually a continuation of sorts of what happened in Tunisia and Egypt, where in the latter case, the people were able to oust Mubarak who had been the President of Egypt for some 30 years.
What is happening in the Middle East now goes to show that where a regime which has entrenched itself for many years and has lost touch with reality, and is there only to loot the wealth of the nation for itself, its cronies and family members cannot last forever. That the ultimate power lies with the people and not at the end of a barrel (pardon the pun).
But what is frightening in Libya is that Gaddafi is willing to use the air force to attack the people. My no-brainer guess is that Gaddafi will fall in a short time now.
We can condemn the United States however we like. America bashing is a favourite past-time of the East and the Middle East.
But when it comes to the crunch, when some strong action needed to be taken, the world still has to look to America. Even if the United Nations sanction the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, to prevent Gaddafi using the air force to bomb its own people, who do you think can do the job? Let us not kid ourselves. Even Nato needs America's backing.
But I digress.
What is the lesson we can learn from what is happening in the Middle East, where the latest revolt against its own government is now happening in Oman? Not to mention the protests that have already happened and are ongoing in Bahrain, Yemen and Iran?
What the government here should pay attention to is that what the rakyat want is a clean and accountable government who is serious about eradicating corruption; competent, reliable and independent institutions of state; equal opportunities for all and that the nation's wealth is managed for the benefit of the rakyat.
The turmoil in the Middle East holds out some useful lessons for us and it would serve the Barisan led government to heed well.
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