Thursday, January 26, 2012

Arab Spring Looking A Lot Like Arab Winter

Ugly stuff being reported by the BBC.

"After all the promises to get detention centres under control, it is horrifying to find that there has been no progress to stop the use of torture," Donatella Rovera, from the charity, said.

Medecins Sans Frontieres said it was being "exploited" as some patients were being brought to them between interrogation sessions.

"Our role is to provide medical care to war casualties and sick detainees, not to repeatedly treat the same patients between torture sessions," said general director Christopher Stokes.
We helped to put these people in charge despite the fact that we had no national interests in the conflict.

Qaddafi was a bad man who we helped to replace with other bad men. Islamists are now rising to the surface of the emerging governments we helped to put in place.

Perhaps this is part of a necessary progression; one similar to the one that the Iranian people appear they want to be in--political strongmen fall begetting an Islamic theocracy that falls begetting a true constitutional republic.

The problem is, of course, that Iran, the country perhaps closest to achieving this full cycle transformation, one with millions of west-leaning citizens who hate their freedom quashing Islamist regime and who have no desire to ever live under the thumb of an Islamist crushing strongman, has not gotten the support from the west that the theocrats-in-waiting in Egypt and Libya received with nary a concern as to who might end up on top.

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