In the name of God, the most Merciful, the most Kind
I'm not sure why I had the strong urge to start this post with one of Islam's most important phrases. Probably because I have no idea how to go about tackling this topic.
Egyptians and Tunisians, insh'Allah (God willing) fought for a better government and a better world for themselves. Like many others do daily.
But this caught people's attention, because it was some crazy world history in the making; the use of technology and the mass dedication from younger generations to demonstrate peacefully as possible.
Whether things will get better, and whether the people can patiently work on keeping up reform are things we wonder and pray about.
But in the midst of that we are forgetting about the effect taking place in the middle east.
Libya, Iran, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Djibouti and I don't even know where else.
And these countries aren't quite getting the same media attention or hype. Maybe because now the thought of the situation is getting scarier. Maybe because the governments and pro-goverment supporters are lashing out violently. Maybe because it was only cool the first time. Maybe the media is giving it attention, but people are sick of it. Maybe it just doesn't quite have the same MLK Jr. feel.
I don't know.
What I do know is that these protesters are encountering a much more brutal backlash than the ones in Tunisia and Egypt. There are reports coming in from journalists and doctors in Bahrain saying things around them look like battle scenes. And it only takes a quick glance at Bahrain's twitter feed to get a live insight into the situation.
But in other places like Yemen, where phone and twitter access isn't as widespread, it's more difficult to gauge the situation.
Libyan and Jordanian protesters are meeting more or less violent reprisals as those in Yemen. Protesters are dying, the army is attacking, clashes are erupting.
Just today word came in about a grenade thrown at Yemeni protestors.
Libya has blocked foreign journalists and while I don't know much about what is going on in Libya apparently the situation is very grave.
I don't know why the world isn't watching and holding it's breath like it did for Egypt.
It's a confusing and scary time for many, and I don't know if there is a happy ending.
Many of these individuals have been living under mass poverty, widespread corruption and injustices.
And regardless of whether you believe in these demonstrations, mass violence in any situation should be worthy of our attention, our voices or at least our thoughts.
AbuFnord #Libya &#Bahrain & #Yemen and #Jordan r going through #Tahrir's night of the thugs. Very little coverage, need more#journalists please...5 minutes ago via web
There were a lot of I don't know's in this post. This phenomena, situation, trend, whatever you want to call it, is giving way to a lot of different questions and is, in my opinion, generating the same response, I don't know.
EDIT: It seems in the few hours I posted this, media attention actually increased a little.