Open US backing is not a blessing in the Middle East. Given our history of supporting oppressive regimes, it can be the kiss of death for almost any political movement. We need to think of the internal politics of the places we're trying to influence. The last government we supported in Iran was the Shah, and its people aren't apt to forget that fact. In some cases the best thing we can do for pro-democracy protesters is literally keep our mouths shut.
Originally Posted by Patsfan56
"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems." -- Pope Francis