What makes this different from many of the other revolts in the Middle East is that this one is not an Islamic revolt, but one carried on by laborers, students, and everyday people. There are 2 aspects to this particular uprising:Tunisia's tottering day-old government was rocked by the resignation of four Cabinet ministers yesterday, and it was revealed that the wife of the ousted dictator of the North African nation fled with him after grabbing $65 million in gold from the nation's treasury.
Demonstrators rejected Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi's desperate effort to share power with opposition leaders, and demanded a purge of all allies of deposed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
1) It is spreading to other Middle East nations. There is revolution brewing in Egypt, where people are now setting themselves on fire, and others are calling for armed insurrection. There is also unrest showing up in Jordan, Algeria, and other nations in the area.
2) These particular insurrections are ones in which the United States should watch closely, and if successful, extend a hand to the victors. In fact, that is something that we must do, lest these victories, if they occur, are hijacked by crazy Mullahs. Although it is not likely this would happen, we have seen it happen before, and you can count on the Mullahs to at least try.
So, in the end, what this boils down to is an issue of freedom, which should strike a chord in all Americans. After all, once upon a time, we did the same.
A toast to the successful coup in Tunisia, and may there be more toasts to come in the future.
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