LOS ANGELES — February 22, 2011 — The dominoes are falling.
Mr. Ghadafi, meet Mr. Mubarak.
Libya has exploded in violence and rage not seen in the Arab Muslim world since last week in Egypt and UC Irvine. To quote Freddie Mercury of Queen, “Another one bites the dust.”
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and You-tube have allowed information to flow freely, to be both imported and exported en masse. There is no way to contain the people any more. They want to be free.
Revolution in 1989 emerged from Hungary, Poland, and the former Soviet Republics. 2011 brings Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and yes, Iran.
The Libyan protesters are not paid leftist mercenaries roaming from Wisconsin to Ohio looking for things to actually do. These are people who have faced true oppression and are finally standing up for their basic rights as human beings and creatures of God.
(For those wondering where Barack Obama is, he has been relegated to appearing in parentheses. He does not care about Libya. He cares about Wisconsin, and is most likely enraged with God for dumping 13 inches of snow on the protesters. Paid mercenaries tend to flee from bad weather. Also, the price of gasoline exploding due to the situation in Libya is topic that can’t be broached by American journalists. Since there is no way to blame it on Dick Cheney or Halliburton, the media will ignore it.)
Picture the protesters in Libya as being like Moveon.org, except with an actual purpose.
If the First Community Organizer in Chief had an ounce of courage, he would issue a strongly worded statement in favor of the protesters and demand that Ghadafi leave now. Sending Hillary Clinton out to offer standard State Department blather doesn’t cut it.
The entire Arab Muslim world is looking to America for emotional support. The word “emotion” is not something Mr. Obama is known for, especially since the selfish creatures in the Middle East are more concerned with avoiding bullets than getting passionate about cap and trade or high speed rail.
To Mr. Obama’s consternation and chagrin, the world is going on without him. The chains of dictatorship and tyranny are being broken. The people will be free. It will be violent, bloody, and painful. It will also be worth it.
For those worrying that the new governments taking over will be worse than the current evil, this is nothing more than an excuse to maintain the untenable status quo.
“Realpolitik” should cease to exist. Propping up dictators because they are “our” dictators should be abolished forever as American policy. “Stability” is phony. Secular democracy is real.
Stability has brought us temporary respites between strings of unending crises.
Those claiming that democracy and Islam are incompatible deserve to be confined to the ash heap of badly written history.
Arab and Iranian Muslims will be free. Americans can either support people shedding their own blood for freedom, or we can offer meaningless platitudes about caution and calm.
We can follow the lead of George W. Bush, who overthrew two murderous regimes and set up fledgling secular democracies, or we can slink behind Barack Obama, who is more concerned about his own reelection in 2012 than in making a single bold statement to help Arab Muslims in 2011.
Everything worthwhile in this world flows from doing what is right. Recognizing people’s innate dignity is the right thing to do. Supporting those who suppress this dignity is wrong.
In 2008, Obama’s supporters interminably babbled about “hope,” “change,” and “Yes, we can.” Those meaningless and vacuous phrases have impacted the world with all the intensity of Rip Van Winkle after a Nyquil binge. Yet in Libya words are actually being converted into meaningful actions that could benefit the world for decades if not generations to come.
It is imperative that Americans stand up and do everything in our power to encourage secular democracy in Libya.
Just because our president refuses to lead by example does not mean we have to be as politically impotent as he is.
Long after Obama has been forgotten, the Libyan people need to remember that the average American cared.
Ghadafi Duck, you have quacked your last soliloquy.
It is time for Libya to be liberated.
It is time for the next domino in the worldwide freedom movement to fall.
It is time for you to go.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Read more from Eric at his TYGRRRR EXPRESS blog. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. After years of dating liberals, he has finally seen the light and now only dates Republican Jewish women. His family is pleased over this. Republican, Jewish women, you may contact Eric above.
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