Misreading the Tunisian Revolt
“Moments after Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was ejected from his palace, tweets began flying across a region that was at once enthralled and appalled by the specter of an Arab leader being overthrown by his own people,” reports the Washington Post..
The Post went on: “Only one certainty stood out: The turmoil in tiny Tunisia, long ignored as a sleepy outpost of relative stability on the fringe of a volatile region, will have profound ramifications for the rest of the Arab world.”
What a colossal misunderstanding or ignorance of the Arab world.
Most of the Arab states are a form of dictatorship.
A major street demonstration in Iran did little but gets people killed, beat up or arrested. The Revolutionary Guards in Iran are there to protect the state.
Saudi Arabia has the National Guard to offset any army revolt. The National Guard is from the royal family tribe and is they there to protect the regime. They have the latest and best weapons US money can provide.
Do not expect revolts in other Arab states any time soon.