American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has defined the next ten
countries as major challenges for the White House in the next four
years. In reality, these countries are
not more volatile than another. They did not have more demonstrations of
popular discontent than France, Germany or the United States. Even
rather less than most for some of them. Similarly, apart from Turkey,
the arrests during demonstrations are of the same order, and even less
if we take into account the fact that the violence on the part of the
protesters in these countries is often sponsored and coordinated from
abroad to create open conflict with authorities.
There is, however, one defining difference between violent protesters:
If they are sentenced in any of the countries targeted for
destabilization, they are labeled by Western media as political
prisoners. Whereas in countries like France, Germany and the United
States, those same outlets describe violent protesters from their own
respective demonstrations as mere thugs.