The Arab Spring Revolution is a Failure
“Arab spring mishap leads to sharp increase of oil smuggling”, “Syrian revolution starts experiencing causalities”, “Overthrown Egyptian government a downright failure”, “Tunisia on the verge of economic collapse post being struck by the Arab spring revolution”, “Bombing in Libya kills 20 in the proximity of a ration distribution unit”. These were the kind of news headlines the modern world was bombarded with when the riots in the Middle East were instigated. Moreover they were the root cause on the basis of which the Arab spring revolution has been deemed a failure.
In 2010 the Middle East experienced a disturbing series of protests and riots against the government. The term Arab Spring was coined as an allusion for the 1848 revolutions that rocked the Arab world. This devastating revolution saw its inception in a chain of small scale protests for the democratization of the Arabian governments. With its start in Egypt and Tunisia it has not failed in affecting every Arab country from Libya, Sudan and Morocco in the West to Yemen and Saudi Arabia in the East. A branch of the same revolution has successfully managed to become the cause for a civil war outbreak in Syria and even stretched its influence outside the Arab world to affect Iran and Mali.
This revolution has successfully managed to alter a few governments and overthrow a few others bearing the likes of Egypt and Tunisia. Unsuccessful leader such as Hosni Mubarak, Muhammad Morsi and Muhammad Gaddafi have been overthrown and in the latter case, killed. Some say it is beneficial for the world as a whole to get rid of such unjust and tyrannical leaders but at what cost?
Before we delve any further into the historical roots of this modern mystery let us pose a question to ourselves as to what is a failure? Failure is essentially a noun which refers to the act of proving to be unsuccessful or the presentation of substandard quantity and quality. Despite such a simple definition being present, failure is something that one regrets or something that goes wrong. When essentially someone fails to live up to one’s own expectations or his thought process deviates from a nonexistent utopia, it can also be termed as a failure. So the smallest of things for the smallest of reasons can be termed as failure.
So if we sum up or take an aggregate of the outcome and devastation caused by the Arab Spring revolution can we call such acts of vandalism or terrorism a mere failure? Joseph Stalin once said that “the end justify the means” when he was asked to comment on the overwhelming impacts of ongoing political crisis in Russia. At this general remark Leon Trotsky retorted by quoting “the end may justify the means only there is something to justify the ends”. Does even Stalin’s remark hold true for the fallout of this revolution?
The roots of this revolution exist buried in the Prague spring revolution and the European revolutions which piloted a hunger for the...