In his e-mail, my journo friend Romy Trinidad of the Manila Chronicles wrote from Muscat that the Americans should step in fast to safeguard its and allies' interest in the region. As more countries - with China in the probable lineup - facing the 'uprising', Washington has a big role to play in ensuring the transition of power is carried out smoothly.
My immediate answer to him is: "Sorry bro, I beg to differ!" And so, I sent him a reply:
"This assumption is incorrect and ignorant. People in the United States want to assume they are the center of the universe, and act as overbearing parents to every other nation in the world. They take this responsibility in many situations because they cannot stay out of others' business.
"If their help is asked for, then assistance can be considered. Otherwise, they need to stay out of the Middle East and China if these countries continue to revolt. They are grown-ups and can handle change if they seek it. These changes are their doing, and the US had nothing to do with it — the US needs to leave them alone unless they ask for its help. Only then will any form of responsibility fall on the US.
"China's revolution, if it continues to exist, is going on the same path as the Middle Eastern countries fighting for rights. It would appear Tunisia set off a powder keg. All repressed citizens who have seen change can happen, and finally have the courage to step up and take their lives into their own hands.
"This, despite what some may believe, is something that has been waiting and needing to happen for quite some time.
"No one deserves to live a life less than satisfactory, and many countries do not have the freedom like what they have in the US. Even though some do not want this level of freedom, if others do no one has the right to deny it to them.
"It has also been said because of these revolutions it will become the US's responsibility to provide funding and military support to those countries revolting, especially considering statements made by President Barack Obama that encourage Egyptians to take what they want.
"Wrong. Egypt belongs to the Egyptians, Bahrain belongs to the its people while Libya belongs to Libyans. They dont belong to the US. Not even Obama can claim any part of them as being an American interest.
"So, let them settle their domestic problems. After all, they are not attacking their neighbors. We can only hope for the best. I am convinced that any new leader would look forward to maintaining good relations with the US and other countries, including Malaysia. For us to tell them what and how to do, is not right..."
Carry on with your reporting bro. I always follow your reports.