Saturday, January 15, 2011

Is the Tunisian Revolution Made in America?

Two days ago Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in Doha warning Arab leaders that "Those who cling to the status quo may be able to hold back the full impact of their countries' problems for a little while, but not forever. If leaders don't offer a positive vision and give young people meaningful ways to contribute, others will fill the vacuum."

I recommend you click on the link above and view Clinton's speech in its entirety. What I'm about to say next depends on that, and what she said is so important and explosive that it might just be a declaration of a new Middle East.

Let's look at the facts, since that beginning of the year 2011 (15 days only at the time this post is written), there has been a full fledged revolution in Tunisia, a breaking up of Sudan, protests erupting in Algeria, Egypt and Jordan, the collapse of the Lebanese government and the proper ousting of the Tunisian president. If you look at these drastic and fundamental changes in the region happening in such a short time in contrast with what Hillary Clinton said, you'll end up with a very likely conclusion that none of what's happening is a coincidence and that the all mighty ruler of the World, America, wills it.

The US Department of State spokesman said that America respects the will of the Tunisian people, which means they are not supporting the dictator Bin Ali anymore. Moreover, President Sarkozy of France rejected to host he ousted Tunisian president. Everyone seems to have pulled the rug from under this ex-president. Is that a sample of what's to come in the region? Did the US make an example out of Bin Ali to the rest of the Arab leaders? Is this an official warning that if rulers of this region do not change their ways, change will come onto them and they will be removed?

All questions I believe will be answered soon. What Clinton said might just be the declaration of the New Middle East, and we're living these fantastic transformations by the day. Tunisia will need a while to stabilize, the question is; who's next?


  1. Hi, Khaled. With all due respect I think Clinton's speech had nothing to do with what happened in Tunisia. As these speeches from US or UK secretaries of states have always been done since the 2nd World War. The sentiment in Tunisia the past few years is a dominant one throughout our so called Republics of the Middle East. And unrest has been simmering for some time now. But my theory is that among lots of factors that i am sure the coming days will unveil, the main one is that Tunisia's relative small size and population in which a considerable percentage of them are moderately educated, helped greatly in overcoming this. In a country like Egypt which internet users (even if is the biggest in the region at 17 million users) represents only 20% of the population. Tunisia has the largest internet penetration rate in the region at 34%. The superpowers of the world will support change of a regime only if the alternative doesn't seem as a threat to their interests.

  2. Thank you for your comment hatisou. Let me start by saying that my post in no way undermines the courage, determination and bravery of the Tunisian people. I, as all Arabs are, am very proud of the Tunisian people and wish them nothing but prosperity and well being.

    That said, we cannot deny America's power of influence in the region as it's interests dictate. While Secretaries of State have made numerous statements in the past that are similar to this, it was never put in such a context, including the wording used. Moreover, the events unfolding around us give it more credibility.

    I might be mistaken, but as you said its a matter of interests to them, and that goes both ways, if it wasn't in their interest for the President of Tunisia to be ousted, perhaps he would have clinged to the throne longer. Adding to that that change originating from the US doesn't always have to be counter-productive to us in the region, it all depends on which direction the change is taking.

    Either way, and whatever the circumstances may be I pray for the Tunisian people and the rest of the Arab world to experience the freedom and prosperity we have always sought and were never able to attain.


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