Even in a predominantly religious and conservative Arab world, the under-30, the most populous generation of Arabs, is determined to sustain a strong trend toward more civilian participation and representative government. It's a genie-out-of-the-bottle predicament.
When Barack Obama was running for president he committed to leading the United Nations and other countries towards a common global goal. Since becoming president, Obama has failed to convince the UN to follow his lead.
Welcome to the 21st century, a time already characterized by the limits on American power. This is not an argument for isolationism. It is an argument for a realistic understanding of what we can and cannot do and should and should not do.
Global and local leaders must ensure that they do not mislead the civilian opposition or the armed revolutionaries by adopting their cause today without paying heed to the consequences of possible disappointment.
This is an opportunity for the Gulf Cooperation Council to prove that it is self-confident and groundbreaking, not just when it comes to developments on the ground, but also in shaping leading trends in the region.
The revolutionary wave in the Arab world is a stroke of good fortune, creating circumstances wherein we can restore our standing as the "good guys." Obama and his minions seem to have no awareness of this whatsoever.
When we demand our governments give us cheaper gas, we are -- usually unwittingly -- demanding they give more money to some of the worst dictators in the world, invade more countries, and ramp up global warming.
It might be lucky for Obama that the Arab uprisings coincide with his second battle for the presidency -- if he makes good use of this opportunity. This requires blending aspirations and realities wisely, and with moral courage.