AAKROSH. July 2012. Volume 15. Number 56
The on-going phase of sociopolitical transformation, ostensibly in the name of democracy, cannot be described even as a partial success in the few Arab nations that have been affected by it. The process is still taking place. Success remains elusive as well as considerably distorted from what it was projected as initially.
Despite the United States and its allies having exercised all efforts possible with support of most sections of western media, Arab Spring has failed to sweep the Arab world. The people affected by protests and demonstrations do not represent a significant percentage of the Arab world. Besides, even the protestors cannot be assumed to be legitimate and genuine representatives of their respective countries’ populations. The last point justifies the failure of emergence of any strong revolutionary leader or party even in the few countries that are witnessing a phase of political transformation. It may be noted that this transformation is not people-oriented. The transformation has been marked at most by a change of leaders at the helm. This change has not spelt better sociopolitical tidings for the people. Rather, the situation has worsened for them. Ironically, while elaborate attention has been paid to the increase in sufferings of Egyptians, practically little attention has been given to hardships being faced by Libyans as well as Iraqis following the change imposed upon them by external powers. Besides, the hard irony of the few nations being affected by Arab Spring being Muslim countries stands out. The manner in which hype has been raised about Arab Spring leading to a political transformation, that is, establishment of democratic rule in affected countries, suggests that the West apparently prefers holding a negative opinion about Muslim countries in the region.