Much of the world has been enthralled, concerned and confused by what has been happening in the Arab world. The Arabs have been demonstrating and rallying on the streets in what we today call the Arab Spring, successfully bringing down two authoritative regimes and holding many others responsible across the region. Judged from a neutral stance, the grievances that these Arabs have expressed are more common than most of us would like to admit: high unemployment, loss of hope, crushing political and cultural oppres- sion, massive corruption, lawlessness, the powerful influence of connections, poor leadership that has done little for the common person, increasingly cavernous differences between the haves and have-nots, declining living standards for many, and bankrupt educational systems, amongst many other problems both perceived and real.
So while some of us feel sympathy for the brave Arabs, there are many who are concerned because of the effects these uprisings and revolutions could have on oil, gas, and other markets. Still others are concerned about what this might mean for the strategic calculus of the region and the world. The Middle East and North Africa are vital areas for trade and resources, but also for cultural, political, and now revolutionary forces. In many ways, this area is the center of the Muslim world. It is also a place that has uncountable and powerful connections with Central Asia, South Asia, Europe, Africa and more. Amidst all these strategic analysis, what we need today is to help the Arabs achieve the main purpose behind the Arab Spring i.e. to introduce democracy in its truest definition and maintaining justice in the Arab society.
Mahira Khan, Karachi, Pakistan