There was a friend of mine, who made the statement- "Give it 2 weeks and this civil unrest will pass..".
My first reaction was to say, "Not this time- they got serious and took it to another level when they killed an Ambassador.", but kind of had to stop there since who knows what is in the heads of the masses who are staging protests and demonstrations across 33 countries on 4 continents.
Until now.. here is a link for you to consider. It connects to sets of dots- Protests, with Food Cost Prices.
The basic premise is a "glass ceiling" effect- people can pay up to a certain price, but then it is "just to much to bear". In the US, the equivalent issue exists with gas prices- up to $4 maybe, beyond $4 we get grumpy, and passed $4.50 we start to lose our minds... Granted, we don't have violent protests, but the emotional reaction to a "need" item is where I see similarity.
Whether it is Food or Gas, when you NEED something in your life- and the prices moves beyond ones' pain threshold, then the need to act takes hold. This article connects the Global dots using protests and the UN Food Price Index. Given that the last data was July(and that saw a 6% spike in food cost) and the drought throughout the US continues to pressure food costs and supplies, this does not make the case for protests which will just go away.
Food is not a "want", it is a NEED. And that changes the dynamics... How do you solve World Hunger?
The answer to that question is complex, costly, and more importantly not something you can handle on a short term basis. TIME is not helping us put these global unrests aside, as time is what we need to increase the world food supply chain, if action is in fact needed.
What is your best guess? Do these protests just pass OR do they linger/grow? Do these protests stay on topic about religious offense and hate for the US OR do they spiral into other topics such as food costs?
Ans mostly, do these protests effect our life in the United States, or are they something to be overlooked because they are beyond our control?
Time, as much as it hurts a potential solution here, will give us that answer eventually.