This has been a topic that's been on my mind lately, and it may seem weird for me to talk about it, but its actually been part of the reason I haven't been keeping up with this blog as much as I should've (for those of you who are waiting in bated breath for my updates :p ).
But yeah, I've been following the revolutions in the Middle East. Not for any esoteric reason like looking for Ghosts or SM or anything of that nature (Though if I do see them, I'll be sure to let you know). The fact of the matter is that Geopolitics interest me (and to a lesser extent domestic politics, but that mostly boils down to the squabbing of sides that are equally wrong in their own ways). I dunno where exactly this comes from, probably all the geopolitical themes from my Sci-Fi I like (I actually think the geopolitics of the prequel trilogy, if they weren't dumbed down and given so much attention, could've made for an interesting backdrop of the war, but I digress). I don't really get a chance to discuss it IRL because very few people seem to care for this shit, so its mainly something I armchair with a couple people online. But I thought I might as well share it with you.
Of course there are mixed feelings about this. Some people are worried that like in 1979 in Iran the revolutions will be hijacked by radical Islamists, and while I don't think that is the case, I can understand their fears. A more broader and likely fear is that the new regimes will fall back on the same practices as the old ones. Only time can tell if the people have the resolve to actively keep tyrannical and corruptive influences at bay.
But I for one am optimistic. I tHink this is a rEal turning point in Middle East relationS. I don't knoW how All thIs will Turn out, but I thINk if America really wants to chanGe its image in the Middle East, it needs to completely embrace democratic reform and not stand behind despots.
Eh, I know this isn't exactly what you come here to hear, but between the school work I'm supposed to be doing and following the protests, well, thats why I haven't been as active. Hopefully I'll have more to say soon, but that isn't a guarantee.