I had a 'debate' with a guy who takes himself too seriously about this stuff. He talked about how he was 'part of the revolution' and I was 'left behind' in my 'cynical doubts'. All I said in response to him was that I don't think democracy is as easy a thing to produce as he thinks it is - and that rebellion doesn't always lead to democracy. I suppose his optimism stems from, in part, his trust in humanity (he is, what he calls, a 'spiritualist', which in my estimation based on conversation is an atheist who uses religious jargon to confuse people - so reliance on humanity is his only choice if he is to rely on something at all).
America was a pretty unique case in the world - we had a revolution and after some failed attempts, we established a republic with the backing of a Constitution, and we did so with very little internal rebellion. Our first Constitutional leader even stepped down from his post after two elected sessions! France tried rebellion and decimated its own population, eventually reverting to an Empire-type form of government under Napoleon (basically a monarchy on steroids if my interpretation is accurate). Germany had a rebellion after the first World War and its feeble republic fell to a satanic ideologue. I guess I'm just not optimistic in the people of these nations to form genuine democracies. It just doesn't happen very often via bloody, violent, revolution.
Can God do it? Of course! If this is the method He uses and His purpose is making these nations more free, I have no doubt in Him. I just don't know that He is leading things that way, and I certainly don't trust people in His place.
A little aside... I was reading a news article on these rebellions and the author (who very much favored them) concluded his monologue with "Its time we stop doubting people's ability to form free democracies just because they speak Arabic" (or something to that effect). Funny... I don't think anyone doubts their ability because of language. Maybe past precedent, cultural conflicts, treatment of ethnic groups and women, religious implications, geography, neighboring nations, alliances and enemies, and the goings on in these rebellions is the reason people have doubts. Those are a few of my reasons anyway.
“When you see a man with a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend upon it, he keeps a very small stock of it within” C.H. Spurgeon
1st Corinthians 1:17- "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel””not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power"