Don't think for a minute that every world leader isn't nervous right now. The ripple effect could cause change all over the planet. Revolution is in the air. Too many people need food and jobs, too few people have most of the money and power.
In a sign of the growing U.S. concern about the Middle East, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began a weeklong trip to the region Sunday for talks with U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.
Capt. John Kirby, his spokesman, said in a statement that Mullen would be meeting with military and civilian officials throughout the region.
Mullen, the top-ranking U.S. military officer, "will be interested to gain the perspectives of leaders here about the protests movements" and will "make clear his desire to see peaceful protests be allowed to continue without any threats or violence from any quarter." ... - latimes
Mullen is smart enough to know that the way to retain control of a population after a certain point is to make them believe they have been given what they want. People want to see someone step down, but if done right, these countries could become like the US where we have vote fraud and rigged elections that fool the majority of people into believing they are in control.
We got rid of Bush, but look at the result ... Obama's campaign promises I cared about the most have not been fulfilled: Guantanamo is still open, and we are still at war with Iraq. The war and the housing bubble (criminal activity by banks) is why our country is going broke.
To control the people, you first control the media. Propagandize the smaller brains into believing they need and want what you want. Tell people, for example, that we must spend billions fighting "terrorists" when auto accidents are far more deadly. Meanwhile, it is the passable margin of support of the war by fearful gullible citizens and the lack of effective outrage at the bailouts are why Americans all losing their jobs.
Unemployment is reaching 10% nationwide in the US in 2011.
And the number of people in prison is increasing as desperation spreads.
... figures provided by US states show that 1.7 million people will be behind bars in 2011, a 13 percent increase that is three times the growth rate of the US population, the study said... - rawstory.com
I'm playing an iPhone game right now called iMobster and to advance in the mob, you have to do all kinds of crimes, starting with shoplifting, mugging, breaking and entering, and moving up to prison breaks and infiltrating other mobs. The game makes you juggle your resources to achieve goals. What can you do with what you have to get to the next level? What protection do you have? What do you have in the bank? Do you have a vehicle?
It isn't just the Middle East: Unrest is hitting Libya, Iran, Yemen, Morocco, Oman, Kuwait, Algeria and Djibouti over the weekend. People are taking to the streets demanding political and economic change, but our time will come.
I know several people with no car who can't get a job because they don't have a car and they can't get a car because they have no job. I bought a car for one person in this situation.
Our system is broken.