Or a Libyan, a Tunisian, a Bahraini or a Yemeni…but don’t get shot. True colours of both governments and populace are now being revealed. The US is back-pedalling on support for repressive Mid-Eastern regimes.
But shouldn’t they be crowing, as their avowed aim was to promote democracy? Well, perhaps not on the people’s terms, but tables are turning. The true turning point will be when US military spending actually starts to drop in real terms. Call it Peak Guns. We already seem to have reached Peak Butter.
One can perhaps look forward now to the downfall of the Saudi regime, whose princes make up the numbers that a legitimate government might equal (although their take is somewhat grander)
‘Let them eat bread!’ to paraphrase a lady with big hair. Even Hollywood movies now are touting the theme of food security and peak oil. The latest offering with Liam Neeson, Unknown, has that underlying thread.
Look to the price of wheat for a crystal ball on future strategic alliances.
Taking seriously the CSIRO predictions for climate change wouldn’t hurt, either.
Point is, we are not immune to the viral desire for justice, adaptation and remediation for ravages of extreme weather events, and above all, food security.
Look also to BHP’s profits, and see how many in our own government have the courage to walk like an Egyptian. My spouse has just reminded me that even my humble online savings account may be invested in unsavory or unsustainable practices. I may have to take to the streets myself.