|Man in a Desert||
The events in Egypt have drawn attention from equally important developments in the Arab world.
In Jordan King Abdullah II has appointed a new cabinet with instruction to begin political and economic reforms. Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced he will not seek a new term, will leave office in 2013 and will not hand over power to his son. Syria's Bashar al-Assad has also acknowledged the "disease" afflicting the region. Incidentally, today marks the 29th anniversary of the start of the crushing in 1982 of the Hama rebellion, (Hama massacre) by the president's late father Hafez al-Assad. The revolt was led by the Syrian branch of the Muslim brotherhood.
These developments highlight the explicit and implicit recognition by Arab leaders of the gravity of the situation and the sentiments and resentments of the people.
Also, sensing the seriousness of the situation in the region, the Emir of Qatar has postponed a state visit to Ecuador scheduled for February 15th. This does not imply that Qatar is at any risk of political upheaval. Rather it means that leaders with little to worry about at home recognize the need to keep close tabs on the situation in these critical times.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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