When George Bush said that democracy is possible in theMiddle East, the entire world said he was delusional. Now, after seeing what’s happened in Iraq, everyone else wants what they’ve got and the Arab Spring is under way. Of course, it still needed that one person to get it started. I wonder if Mohamed Bouazizi had any idea if anyone would even notice what he did when he set himself on fire. Now the entire region is on fire.
I was inspired by these events to create some “Revolution wear” but I approached the subject cautiously. We tend to think of revolutions as romantic adventures but more often than not they lead to ethnic cleansing, guillotines, and unspeakable crimes upon the innocents than they do freedom, Ford Mustangs and Rock & Roll.
The early stages of the revolutions in the Middle East and Africa have been scary and depressing. The atrocities horrific, especially on little children. Freedom is a long shot. But the people living there have been on the wrong side of history for a long time. At least there’s hope this time. If nothing else, if the outcome could lead to a little more religious tolerance and a little less female mutilation, I think we’d all be thrilled with that.
I used kind of a Russian propaganda poster style for this t-shirt. No, I’m not some commie sympathizer and I’m definitely not promoting communism, socialism or whatever. I just like the style, OK –