At the age of the internet has matured, as facebook, cheap laptops, and smart cell phones have infiltrated the world the people who live in these Arab nations have had a glimpse at the outside world..... and they like it. They see prosperity in democratic and free market nations while they live in poverty. They see people living in freedom while they fear the regime of their own government. They see peoples of free nations eating while they are starving. They see them working while they remain unemployed.
They have also seen the corruption of their own governments. Their dictators and military leaders live live of luxury while they live in poverty.
Just like you cannot put toothpaste back in the tube, these people cannot be turned back. Thousands of them, perhaps millions, have decided that death is better than the way things are now. They are revolting and cannot be stopped. And, they should not be stopped.
In the US we believe in certain inalienable rights. These are not rights only for Americans but are rights that peoples of all nations should enjoy. These rights do not make you change your religion, but rather, protect your religion. But they also give you the freedom to choose. And everyone should have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Leaders of these Arab nations that are now in revolt have squandered their political capital. Over the years they have had plenty of time and opportunity to better the living conditions for their people, but they have not. Instead, in some of these nations they are living at Third World levels while they leaders live in luxury. Now these leaders will either live in exile or become martyrs for their cause, that is, if you can consider these thugs martyrs at all.
The cry is "Give me liberty or give me death!" The repressed peoples do not use those exact words but they are living them out, or should I say, dying for their liberty.