THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Look, I don't like these Middle Eastern dictators either, but we have to give credit where credit is due. As bad as these monsters can be sometimes, they have kept radical Islam in check within their nations (for the most part), and have also kept Christians reasonably safe within their nations.
The United States Federal Government is principally behind this "Arab Spring" in the Middle East. The CIA, and other intelligence agencies, have been working in Arab nations all across the Middle East and Northern Africa since 2002. The goal of the G.W. Bush administration (continued in the Obama administration) was to topple Arab dictators and replace them with Arab democracies, both through military intervention (Iraq & Afghanistan) and through covert operations designed to whip up revolutions. The United States has been working with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and radical Muslim extremists in Libya. Now we are stirring up trouble in Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Conspiracy theories abound as to why. Many of them are credible. Which one is right? Take your pick. Your guess is as good as mine. The end result is the same however. The Middle East will be further radicalised, Israel will remain in a constant state of warfare (which benefits the United States), and the whole region will eventually be "cleansed" of all Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Could somebody explain to me again how America is a friend to Christians? Oh that's right! silly me. That only counts for Evangelicals and Liberal Protestants.