Let us hope they all stay safe in those “interesting” times.
Spare a prayer for Alaa Abd El-Fatah, Zouhair Yahyaoui, and countless other Arab bloggers who were trying to inform the world as to the true nature of our countries. It is not over, even when they’re out of jail; Zouhair paid his courage with his life, released from prison after much mistreatments, and Tunezine is now silent. Countless others have risen and will continue to rise.
Western Civilization, eh?
Before the leaders of the "Free World" go on to meet those “leaders” of ours, spare a few thoughts for those of us who try and exercise that most basic of human rights; staying safe while trying to taste the fruits of freedom.
... And the "Free World" can then learn to accept its sorry fate, as more 9/11’s are visited upon them; the more you give in to authoritarian fanatics, the more they want. Those who need to be convinced of this truth will never understand it.
For Arab bloggers who try to remain anonymous, it is getting harder to do so by the day. In
The “New Middle East” looks eerily familiar, far too much like the old; Condy Rice's “birth pangs” may actually prove to be the pains that herald the agony of a dream as history's second chance fades away...
Maybe Gandhi was right, after all; Western Civilization remains a good idea whose time has yet to come. In the meantime, as leaders of the "Free World" placate and hesitate, extremists of all stripes are gaining ground in the Middle East. Expect more real bombs, more fake indignations, and little real change.