Thursday, January 5, 2012

Remembering Ché Guevara through Arab Spring

Seeing a series of news about the political and social unrest in Syria and Bahrain yesterday (where many Filipinos right now are having a hard time leaving these countries) recalled to my mind again the so-called Arab Spring, which in fact is still spreading. True, the countries involved in this may have different political settings and background which prompted protests and demonstrations (not to mention revolutions) from the people. But the fact that they are in close proximity with each other clothes them in a general view that they most probably share more or less the same end desires. End of long-standing regimes perhaps. Or perhaps the establishment of democracy in those countries.

Some quarters even trace back the Arab Spring in the post-9/11 period, when the United States acted on the alleged terrorism in their country (which brought down the famed Twin Towers of the World Trace Center) primarily directed to the Middle East. Whether it was for the betterment or for the deterioration of the fate of Middle East (and Northern Africa for that matter) is yet to be seen. Perhaps this Arab Spring would serve as the current political barometer.

This very Arab Spring made me remember again Ernesto ‘Ché’ Guevara, an Argentine-Cuban revolutionary who was instrumental in the success of the Cuban Revolution against the Fulgencio Batista regime. While the Fidel Castro-led Cuba was starting up, Ché was busy too spreading the same revolution in Latin America. Such desire ultimately led to his death in the forests of Bolivia. But I wonder how Ché would take this sudden Arab Spring. They may not have a rallying leader but the people in those Arab countries definitely have a rallying thought and desire. Ché’s plan of liberating countered from the clutches of regimes has taken its manifestation in the Asian and African continents. Will a same kind of ‘Spring’ be seen soon in Latin America? That may be too soon to think about. It would be better to learn from the unfolding history in those Arab countries.

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