In Middle East Revolutions, violence will only beget violence

February 23, 2011

The Arab world is quaking for democracy. Tunisia has led the surge; Egypt, Bahrain and Libya follow in its footsteps. Arab revolutionaries must learn from the events that have unfolded in every struggle for one's unalienable rights in the past, from that of Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr.

Reports continue to pour in ascribing violence to governments under siege. Libyan armies have even bombed certain parts of their own capital. Revolutionaries must consider the government's resort to violence as a weakness. I, as an American Muslim, urge protesters to remain steadfast in the face of violence, for retaliation will only lead to greater bloodshed.

Maaiz Khan, Baltimore

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