October 22, 2011
The Two Sides of the Arab Spring
The Guardian, The Guardian
Two divergent paths of the Arab spring are clearly visible today. In Libya, a sclerotic, violent and dictatorial regime fought it out to the bitter end, long after it knew it was all over. Yemen and Syria have staggered down the same blood-strewn track. While just across the Libyan border,Tunisia is just about to hold its first elections. It has all of the advantages and few of the disadvantages of its neighbour. It has an educated base, a secular tradition, there are no tribal or ethnic fissures and if Rached Ghannouchi's brand of Islamic democrats establish first a genuine coalition...
TAGGED: Tunisia, Libya, Arab Spring