For most of modern times, the only form of political change which western governments can affect on other nations, are leveraged by either economic policies or the waging of war. Both of these policies boil down to bullying and constitute a large part of the reason why the “west” is despised by the “middle east”. From the twenty year old economic sanctions and two wars waged in Iraq, to the constant posturing with Iran and North Korea, political changes desired by the “west” have been, and are, pursued using only one threat or another. This is not something new however, anyone with any exposure to the inner workings of politics, or indeed the negotiations of two or more opposing sides, will know that those negotiations necessarily involve trading for one set of rights by offering to sacrifice another set of rights. This method of politics was initially born through the way in which humans have evolved to trade items with one and other, but has been compounded by the communal nature of humans which allows for those who are less gifted at those trade negotiations to have intermediaries trade on their behalf, and as the relationships and numbers of humans became more complex, individuals would have been successful enough to garner the support of very large numbers of people. These intermediaries are now called politicians, and those in the “west” use, for wont of a better term, the trade negotiation techniques that have provided wealth for their supporters/electorate.
Why War Is Out-Moded
The political events of early two thousand and eleven should be a massive learning experience for the “west”. We have been shown twice, how political change can be affected without any of the old dictum’s that are held so dear to the “old guard” of politicians. We are in the unique position of making known to those whom we elect, that it is so much better to have the people of that region affect change, rather than the knee-jerk reaction of slaying our brothers and sisters. We now have proof twice over, that the people of a country, especially countries whose populace has been dictated to, have more power to affect peaceful political change, than all the bombs or bullets any government can send to sway that populace to their own end.
Go Egypt and Tunisia