The winds of change cry out through the Middle East, ever expanding and ever raging. Following the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarek last week, the demand for democratic change has begun to sweep the Middle East and Northern Africa. In 21nations throughout the region, protesters have been having violent clashes with their countries security forces, demanding democratic changes to their societies. Bahrain, an island national in the Persian Gulf, is actually one of the more even-keeled nations in the region. However, the country is still ruled by an absolute monarchy. Several protesters began demonstrating on Feb. 4 to show solidarity with the Egyptians. According to the LA Times, Bahrain's Shiite legislators have left the nation's Parliament in protest toward government crackdown on protests, which has so far led to 8 deaths and more than 200 other injuries. Tunisia is also locked in an revolution, with leaders complaining about high unemployment, inflated food prices, lack of free speech and other issues. The outburst in that nation began following the death of Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 year-old food vendor whose cart was confiscated for allegedly operating an unlicensed business. Bouazizi was assaulted and insulted by the police woman who fined him, and he was denied a right to speak his case before the provincial authorities. He later doused himself with gasoline and set him afire to protest the nation's unemployment problems. This act soon caught popular thought and tapped into the nation's growing unrest. Within one month, Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by the military. Iran is facing uprising that commemorate 2009's protests. Now the protesters are screaming death to President Mamoud Ahmadinejad. Despite getting the U.S. into two wars, President George W. Bush has always maintained that history will absolve him. That is, that the world will hate him for a short time but in the long run, the Middle East will be a better region after other leaders decide to follow the democratic model of Iraq (or at least the perceived democratic model). That's far-thinking though. For now, the blood and misery is a reality for people in the Middle East demanding a more honest government. I think the great poet Barry McGuire said it best: The eastern world, it is exploding Violence flarin', bullets loadin' You're old enough to kill, but not for votin' You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin' And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin'