Mob politics always rely on emotion and always results in violence as tempers flair. Pure democracies are nothing more than Mob rule. Mobs can be easily swayed, incited, and motivated with emotions. Whereas Reason and rationality takes time and leads to peaceful solutions and in the few instances in which a peaceful solution is not possible the responses are rational and effective.
The Heritage Foundation stated in an article today that "We cannot allow terrorists and rioters to dictate U.S. missions and policy, and Washington must avoid knee-jerk reactions, such as yanking foreign aid, before we know the facts on the ground."
While each statement is true I see no reason in suspending foreign aid until we do know the "facts on the ground". It would act as a signal to the governments in these nations that we mean business and they need to get their houses in order and keep order if they wish to enjoy our taxpayers dollars.
the Arab Spring began and ended as a Mob movement. Will it continue to be a mob movement or will it become a rational representative democracy willing to work cooperatively with the United States and western culture or will it become at best antagonistic to the West or at worst openly, and actively violent to the United States and her allies. So far the arrow points to antagonism if not outright endorsement of violence.