Unrest today continues through many of the Middle Eastern countries with a real deadly turn for the worse happening in Libya. Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader, warned that civil war could break out if the tide wasn’t turned.http://english.aljazeera.net/
The situation in Libya is far worse that what has been reported. The city morgues and hospitals are full of the dead and dying as anarchy and deadly confrontations have taken place in several cities including the capital Tripoli. The internal security forces are showing no where near the restraint of their counterparts in Egypt.
Fundamentalism is on the upswing in many Islamic countries. The majority voted in Hamas in the West Bank/Gaza strip; the majority of Egyptians want a more conservative Sharia law implemented into their civil laws and more critically, President Mahmoud Abadinejad of Iran sees himself as a possible tool to usher in the 12th Imam or Mahid for Islam. These developments do not spell well for those hoping to see a more kind and gentle Middle East.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammed_al-Mahdi
Below is a snapshot of the whys and what fors of the civil unrest:
Tunisia: Unrest triggered by an unemployed college graduate setting himself ablaze after police “confiscated” his fruit cart which cut off his only source of income. The end result caused the “president” to do a Mubarak and step down. The military is in control of the country as Egypt.
Syria: Human rights violations of “President” Bashar al-Assad who has had emergency powers since 1963 has sparked unrest due to the events in Egypt.
Algeria: Escalating food prices, high unemployment and housing has created public demonstrations. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he would lift “emergency powers” to appease the demonstrations.
Iraq: Corruption, lack of public services, high unemployment and crumbling infrastructure has fueled dissent.
Jordan: rising prices and high youth unemployment has prompted King Abdullah to attempt to use upheaval as a platform for reform.
Iran: Anger from the massive 2009 demonstrations after hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets has not completely gone away. Corruption and election fraud has stirred the masses.
Yemen: “President” Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled since 1978; high unemployment, corruption and a water shortage has created unrest in the country.
Bahrain: Protesters are demonstrating for a “constitutional monarchy” instead of the current royal family that has ruled since the 18th century. There is much financial support for the people, they want more autonomy in the government.
Libya: “President” Moammar Gadhafi is the longest ruling president in the world. He came to power in 1968 by a coup and has ruled as a dictator ever since. The masses are tired of the nepotism and corruption in the government. This situation could turn bloody before this is over.