by Donna Kennedy-Glans (from Wednesday’s Globe and Mail; Published Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011 2:00AM EDT)
The Arab Spring has moved into its next season: Arab Summer. In the natural world, summer is the time for flowering blossoms to progress their journey to mature fruit. Yet, this summer, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t feel a few pangs of apprehension about what these citizen-led revolutions will yield, especially in places like Libya, Syria and Yemen. Outsiders wonder about the aims of these protests, and there is queasiness too about our role. When does meddling become undue influence; when does protection of innocents become support for regime change?