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A Symbol of Hope

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on February 10, 2011 by Ian Pham

The world has been paying very close attention to the happenings of North Africa (I mistakingly referred to the region as the Middle East before, oops!), and for good reason.  The outbreaks in Tunisia last month, as well as the more recent events in Egypt, shows that the population of any country is capable of sparking a revolution, no matter how oppressive their governments are.  The people of these countries toppled their corrupted leaders, punishing them for their wrongful acts.

Though the future of these countries are still to be determined, it is significant to say that the people have made a change.  The Tunisian people ousted their President, forcing him to flee the country to a haven oversees.  In Egypt, the population is currently figuring out what to do with Hosni Mubarak, the outgoing President of the country.  Needless to say, these autocrats have lost their mandate to govern.  They have lost the support of the people and must now deal with the consequences.

What does this have to do with the people of Vietnam and China? At the moment, the governments of these Communist countries are trying everything in their power to censor these events from their people.  Why?  The people in North Africa rose up, united as one to punish their oppressors, something that the people of Vietnam are struggling to accomplish.  The Communists are cracking down harder than ever, because their very existence is on the line.

What would happen if the Vietnamese people turned on the TV and saw the revolutions erupting across Egypt and Tunisia?  If the people of Vietnam somehow witnessed the protests across North Africa, they would surely emulate.  The government’s right to govern lies in the hands of the people, if the government betrayed the people of the country, they deserve to get punished to the full extent of the law.  The new generation of Vietnamese do not yet understand that, but in time, they will.

The actions of the people in North Africa shows that it is very possible to overcome  a repressive government, that the government’s authority ultimately lies in the hands of the people.  Their achievements are a symbol of hope for everyone who wish to be liberated from the oppression of dictatorships everywhere.  The Communist governments in Vietnam and China should learn a lesson from North Africa, because it is only a matter of time before their populations punish them as well.

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