Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Revolutionary stirrings in Tunisia

Juan Cole in The First Middle Eastern Revolution since 1979 Informed Comment argues that the current popular uprising in Tunisia could turn out to be of greater significance in its repercussions in Sunni Arab countries than the Iranian Revolution:

In some ways, the Tunisian Revolution is potentially more consequential for the Middle East than had been the Iranian one. In Iran, Shiite ayatollahs came to power on the back of a similar set of popular protests, establishing a theocracy. That model appealed to almost nobody in the Middle East, with the exception of Shiites in Iraqi and Lebanese slums; and theocratic Shiite Arabs were a minority even in their own ethnic group. Proud Sunni Arab nationalists, in Egypt, Syria, and elsewhere, saw nothing to like there, even though they were saddled with a motley assortment of authoritarian presidents for life, military dictators, kings and emirs. Iranian leaders were shocked and dismayed to find that they had made a 'revolution in one country.' Their influence would come from championing the (Sunni) Palestinians and supporting Lebanon when it was attacked by Israel, not from their form of government. Iran was not like the French revolutionary republic, which really did become a model over time for much of Europe. It was an odd man out. [my emphasis]
The PBS Newshour carried this report on 01/17/2011:



This is a report from Aljazeera English 01/17/2011



See also: Emad Mekay, TUNISIA: People Power Succeeds Without Western Backing Inter Press Service 01/14/2011

Shashank Bengali and Miret El Naggar, Could 'Tunisia effect' topple more Mideast regimes? McClatchy Newspapers 01/15/2011

Ulrike Putz, Violence on the Streets: Tunisia Caught in the Crossfire of Revolution Spiegel International 01/17/2011

Kristen Chick, Why Tunisia's interim government may not fly with protesters Christian Science Monitor

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