Last evening I listened to correspondent Ben Wedeman on CNN describe why the Libyan people were fighting so valiantly to overthrow their government.
Can't quote verbatim but he pretty much said the following:
"They're angry. This is a wealthy country, rich in oil revenues but the people are not sharing in that wealth. They are angry seeing their young men sent to fight wars in Africa that they have no interest in. They're angry about having no real voice in how their country is run. They can't afford an education. They're sick of the corruption."
Listening to this, I turned to my wife and half-joking I said "He could be describing the United States."