On another note, this rise against the oppressor throughout the MENA region in the hopes to create democracy is absolutely what this "War on Terror" is about. Have you honestly fooled yourself into thinking that mass Islamic terror was going to end just because a scared old man was being hunted? This has always been regional and generational. You know when people ignorantly stated that we couldn't "bomb" them into democracy? Well, that was them being stupid and near sighted because all they could see was Iraq and Afghanistan. They lacked vision and their racially bigotted outlook towards this region insisted that they couldn't do it at all. The mass movement going on all over is exactly what was eventually going to happen because in the end people are people and they all want what is best for their families. Dictators are the past. And Americans, especially Europeans, can't get away with demanding apathy and a stand offish stature after hundreds of years of colonial and Cold War disruptions, meddling and maintaining.
On another note, American security has always relied upon the stability of foriegn regions. It was true when we had to go out and free the Mediterranean from piracy (Barbary Pirates Wars) so that we could get our trades through when Europeans were more than willing to simply pay ransoms. It was true when Europeans created a World War that eventually threatened our trades and despite our efforts against, got sucked in. It was true when Europe again started a World War and couldn't deal with their own mess in their own lands (and stolen territories elsewhere) and eventually threatened our Atlantic trades and wound up sucking us back across the ocean. Why do you think "Yugoslavia" was so important? Did we really want to watch Europe ignore it until it eventually created another unstable situation that would suck us in when it was deadlier and more expensive? And it is true today. For over two decades we ignored the MENA as we pretended all those Cold War dictators were going to forever "keep the peace" by forcing the tribes (that should never have been forced together behind bad unnatural borders by Europeans in the first place) to behave under oppression and brutality so that we can get our oil without too much disruption. We pretended that kicking Saddam Hussein back into Iraq was a victory, because in the temporary end we maintained a sort of stability by maintaining his throne in Baghdad. Never mind that thousands starved to death during our humane UN sanctions (military as a last resort and all). Never mind that this so called "stability" was exponentially creating more and more bad blood and hatred towards the U.S., which is the scapegoat for these dictators and their hand picked Mullahs. Never mind that when most Muslims in the MENA region speak bad on the U.S. that they are mostly dissapointed in our two faced treatment of them (you know...preaching about liberty, democracy, and religious freedom but doing nothing to balance the power away from "our" former dictators.) And now as they rise up and do exactly as we need them to do in order to create a true stability in this very important region of the world Americans choose to state things like "none of our business" and "stay out of it?" Well, we've been in their business since we inherited this wrecked out world from the Europeans who made it wrong. We don't get to pretend otherwise today as if we bear no responsibility to live up to our rhetoric. More and more Americans are sounding like Europeans as they deny their past and their sense of duty.
The most powerful nation in history with the most powerful military in history with the most powerful non-military tools in it's arsenol chooses to watch unhealthy regions go to hell in the hopes that it won't affect us? This defies history. Way to ensure a deadlier mission for the troop when mulitple nations are sucked into the fray.
"We the People" mean that we need to start reacting and supporting the globe's people, not their decrepit governments who insist on an America that supports them. And decades after providing weapons and finances to maintain stability in this region means that we bear responsibility to the people underneath we pretended didn't exist. You know...the kind of people that create terror organizations that mostly slaughter their own fellow Muslims, but occassionally murder our troops abroad and maybe knock down a building or two in New York. Or do we still want to believe that hunting down and killing Bin Laden solved the problem?