Arab Spring – And after that it should be summer..?

We see, hear and read countless reports on the Arab revolutions, struggles and internal clashes on almost the entire area of the Arab region.

I have traveled many times in the Arab world, and if I look at the many media broadcasts from the area, there is one thing I wonder about – This simple way how the media covers the news, where the existing or former dictators must be a liberation for the Arab people to remove from power’s brutal throne.

This is of course entirely consistent with the spirit of democracy that these individuals are eliminated and stripped off their potential for further bloodshed and violence against their own people. But what follows no one knows for sure, because the possibilities are many and in some cases it may aggravate the situation in relation to that which previously existed.

The Arab people have for millennia been inhabited and divided into clans, each with their own culture, religion and rituals. Precisely religion has a strong root in the Arab world and many profess fundamental to the religion that are valid for a clan – mostly with Muslim and Islamic characteristics. The Arab spring of 2011 moved many former arch enemies with the root, and what now?

Libya was helped by NATO to adopt and enjoy the freedom’s flowers, but what happens now – Well, the Christians and people with a black Body Color are indirectly under pressure to leave the country – they are obviously undesirable for the regime that came to power by auxiliary of NATO.

Egypt is still in the middle of the hurricane’s eye for a new president and what may follow in the parliamentary sense, but a picture of these new times can easily become the status quo or worse in democracy’s sacred name. But now it is clear that Christians will face hard conditions, and perhaps end up in the same situation as in Libya.

Tunisia has so far fared better in the wake of the revolution, but the smoldering remains though official channels in Tunisia has declared it safe for tourists to stay in the country.

Syria is a special chapter as long as the country’s unscrupulous president continues to kill his own people and indeed with Russia’s blessing. But here I must be skeptical –  President Assad, belongs to one of Syria’s major clans with an efficient military machine while it is difficult to get information about the rebels facts and how many smaller clans who may be involved in this headless civil war.

Status after this more permanent spring can be seen with the experience of the past, where especially Iran was changed and bombed back to the past with the introduction of the so-called theocracy that would later prove to be a huge cobblestone around the neck of the rest of the world.

The Arab people that I have experienced are generally pleasant, welcoming and cheerful in many facets of life, but also proud and fearless. Many are still not educated, why democracy’s spirit will be like sand in the Sahara and the new leaders can easily invoke a democratic attitude without actual realities, if we compare with countries that have lived under democracy’s wings for many years.

Seen from my eye level, this is one of several reasons that especially the Western World is walking around with tiptoe in relation to developments in Arab countries – but monitors and takes a firm stand against the mass murder we are experiencing at this time, and obviously with the UN and Human Rights Organizations as mouthpieces.

Some day, the oil from the Arab countries will not be overly critical because the alternative energy will overtake more from the oil’s pollution. This in turn leads to new and different paths for the Arab world, where earnings are to be transferred to other areas and perhaps especially the service sector such as tourism and know-how.

Finally, it is not inconceivable that in the future we will see some sort of analogous to what happened in Yugoslavia – The many clans in the Arab world might require one or more divisions if it all explodes into the hands of future leaders in the area.

I also sense that many in the western world does not understand the Arab mindset and culture – a prerequisite for dialogue and cultural exchange through the platform where transparency and open-minded speech would be obvious, especially for the Western world’s wise and intelligent creatures.

But dreams positive signals will so far be replaced by the hard and ruthless battles for survival, both physically and mentally. And so it has been in place since Jesus Crucifixion.

…… Happy Easter!

Kurt Lykke Lindved
Ambassador Culture and Development UN
Lecturer and Author


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Professional – Career * Qualified as a Charter Agent in the East Asiatic Company - Became a State Authorized Shipping Broker in 1969 * Captain in The Sirius Patrol – Greenland at Thule Air Base, 1969-1971 * Postings in New York, New Orleans, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and London as Charter Agent and Manager 1972 – 1983 working for The East Asiatic Company Ltd. – Copenhagen * 24 years with The East Asiatic Company Ltd and subsidiary companies as Charter Agent, Marketing and Development Manager; and General Manager * Supplementary courses and examinations in Maritime and Commercial Law Management. * Founder and Owner of Sonata Production, Art and Music International Inc. – France & Denmark 1995 – present - Entertainment, Lectures, Concerts, Exhibition Events, CD, DVD and Video Recordings. Professional – Freelance * Qualified as trumpet player at Aarhus Music School – Denmark * Professional musician with several orchestras and bands – including the Matadors, Saratoga Jazz Band, Rice Wood Jokers and Aarhus Brass Band. * Leader of ”Show and Entertainment Group 28 Carat” and the Evening & Theatre School 28 Carat * Self-taught Artist (painter) Lecturer and Writer * Responsible for several large Theatre and Exhibition Events Worldwide Awards * Dutch Consul, Denmark * Goodwill Ambassador – Various Non-Profit Organizations
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