|Man in a Desert||
Tunisia is today witnessing great chaos and upheaval. For the sake of the people of Tunisia who have shown tremendous courage and determination over the past 28 days to achieve the unachievable in Arab terms, I hope order and stability are restored soon.
But I have a bone to pick with the Arab League. A skeleton of bones. The League of Arab States, its official name, maintained complete silence as Ben Ali's security forces murdered dozens of demonstrators. Finally today, its Secretary General Amr Moussa said this is the "beginning of one era and the end of another."
Wow! Big words there, Mr Moussa.
Obviously the Arab League chief couldn't have gone against the will of the member states who all said nothing about the killings as they were happening. But for someone of Amr Moussa's background to sit idly by as a major earthquake took place in the former headquarters of the Arab League is inadmissible.
Why preside over a sham? The Arab League cannot be reformed. Nor can it be re-formed. The malaise is rampant in the member states. The Arab people, with the exception of a few Gulf states, hate their leaders. They say it in private all the time but cannot express their resentment and animosity publicly.
I sincerely hope that Tunisia succeeds where Iraq failed. The change in Iraq was imposed by Washington. The Tunisian people imposed their own will. The only other people to come close were the Lebanese whose massive demonstrations in 2005 forced a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, albeit at a much smaller price in terms of civilian casualties during the showdown.
It's noteworthy that the peoples of 2 of the smallest Arab countries have imposed their will against superior forces.
Food for thought...
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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