Posted on Friday, February 18th, 2011 by

It’s almost as if an atomic bomb of protests has exploded in the Middle East.

So I wasn't here, but my friend Brad was! I'm so glad that Cobbers have the BREW spirit!

First Egypt and Tunisia, and now Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain join the ranks of these men and women seeking a better life. Seriously, what is going on here? Why, all of a sudden, do so many people feel empowered to take a stand?

Although I don’t know much about Middle Eastern politics, I can speculate that Egypt’s success in forcing President Mubarak out of office served as an instigator to successor revolts.

But why all of a sudden? What’s really happening over there? If we ever really could, we as U.S. citizens need to be plugged into international politics. I’ll be the first to say that I’m not–it was my Global Studies Prof. Sonja Wentling that first notified me of this phenomenon.

But if we really want to be a successful and respected contender in world politics, it needs to start with our residents. We as a nation need to care about what’s going on in the other side of the world. We need to care about the people, not just the politics. We need to win back our place as ideological leader before we can even begin to get back in the market–and be respected–economically and politically.

And the current crises in the Middle East might be just the solution. Let’s start a revolution–a revolution of care for humanity.

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