Ban Ki-Moon: All Hail the Arab Spring
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called upon Israelis to be happy about the Islamist rebellion tearing through the Middle East, which Israelis have renamed the "Arab Winter" as the Muslim Brotherhood gains in strength.
"The storms of the Arab Spring are indeed sweeping the region. Change keeps coming, with blinding and often bewildering speed. Some in Israel and elsewhere view these events with concern. One year later, they say that the Arab Spring has failed; that these dramatic transformations have moved the Middle East backward, not forward.
"I am Secretary General of the United Nations, an organization dedicated to promoting democracy, human rights and the worth of the individuals. These principles are deeply embedded in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"Young people have been in the vanguard, as have women – standing for their rights against those who would deny them… We should welcome this inevitable evolution of history. We should not perpetuate the fallacy that the Arab world is somehow not ready for democracy."
Egypt degenerated into chaos this week, as at least 40 people were killed in riots following a soccer match and another field was burned by fans angry about the cancellation of a match.