In 2010 U.S. aid to Egypt totaled $1.6 billion dollars. $1.3 billion of those dollars were to go to the military there. The United States tweeted that they were not using their funds properly. The soldiers did not use violence against their own people and now the military largely funded by the U.S. is in charge there. No real plan still exists for a new leader.
Evgeny Morozov, the author of The Dark Side of Internet Freedom says, “Using social networks can be very dangerous for political activists. We see the governments in China, Russia and Iran actively turning to the Internet to hunt for dissidents, to learn about their personal details, and to arrest them. Recently, the Iranian government hanged two Iranian activists for distributing footage of the 2009 protests there on the Internet.”
When the chaos takes over, technology takes a back seat and war is war with death and destruction. We have not seen the last of the Internet as a important role for change. For better or worse what is happening in the Middle East and North Africa historians will look back and realize there are new weapons on both sides that don’t hold bullets.