Louis Casiano It's hard to say whether or not Iraqis could of been successful against Saddam. He had total control and was a brutal dictator that used violence to keep power. You raise an interesting question. What we see in Syria and Bahrain are attempts by those governments to suppress frustrations by their citizens to stay in power by violating basic human rights. Saddam might have resorted to even more extreme measures to hold on to power had an Arab Spring-like occurred.
Louis Casiano The OWS movement is full of people fed-up with a system that has benefited the wealthy and left middle class workers behind through stagnant wages and little voice in public policy. The movement is diverse in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status and age. They are frustrated that no one has been held accountable for the financial crisis and no decent piece of legislation has been passed to make sure it doesn't happen again. The movement is no more violent than the Tea Party. It's law enforcement who has jumped the gun using military tactics in the name of "safety." I agree that politicians will distance themselves from the movement come election time but these people are no more troublemakers than anyone else who is tired of the system.
Louis Casiano The actions of the police have only furthered the cause for the whole occupy movement. At the very least it shows that the police in general are not completely innocent of using of excessive force that most of those against the movement having been leveling since it began two months ago.