Not all Muslim countries are the same

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It seems like every day now there is another Muslim country that is seeing protests and uprisings by the people against their respective dictator government. The first to fall was Tunisia, then Egypt. Libya is on its way to fall with help from the international community. We are seeing demonstrations erupt in Syria now, which is perhaps the most important of all the countries in the region other than Iran from a global standpoint to perhaps overthrow their dictator. However, there are people (some of them are “experts”) that are saying that the U.S. and their allies are hypocritical because they are not treating all these countries’ uprisings the same.

It is very true that the international community, led by the U.S. is not treating all of these uprisings in the same way. The reason for this is simple. Each country and uprising is very different. Sure, they all have been and still are inspiring each other. Sure, they essentially want the same outcomes more or less, which is the toppling of the dictator running their country. However, looking at those aspects and concluding that they are all the same is ignorant and oversimplified. The fact is that each dictator government has handled the situation differently. Tunisia and Egypt did not see their government kill and massacre nearly as many people as in Libya. The violence in those countries never warranted a U.S. military strike. Libya did and still does.

In addition, each country has a unique set of possible outcomes from overthrowing their governments that the international community must take into consideration. What’s the point for instance, of having Bahrain overthrow their dictator only to have them align with Iran and make the region (and let’s not forget the Sunni minority there) a much more dangerous place?

When looking at these cries for democratic freedoms in the Muslim world, it is easy for us Westerners to forget about the details and possible negative outcomes and just feel a need to help them live like us. However, this is a big mistake and can result in those very people or others in that country feel the same oppression by the new government that would take over. So far, the U.S. and their allies have more or less got it right. It is very difficult to get it 100% because it so new to that part of the world and so unpredictable, but they seem to be doing a pretty good job at it for now.