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Two faces of regime change

February 1, 2011

Today as a million people gather on the streets of Cairo in a show of power that surely must bring down their oppressor of almost 3 decades, Hosni Mubarak,  the eight years that have passed since George W. Bush, Tony Blair and a small “coalition of the willing” removed Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq by military might seem a strange, almost anomalous period. Perhaps more pertinent still it was five years ago that Condoleeza Rice declared Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”, as unsuccessful attempts were made to bomb Hezbollah into the past, the same Hezbollah that now essentially governs Lebanon in all but name.

At this very moment an alternative history of regime change in the Middle East is being written on Arab streets, one that stands as the greatest rejection possible of a largely failed decade of ‘western’ interventionism, far more significant than that made by a handful of murderous Mujahideen with anachronistic agendas. This is Change not in the form of bombs from above, but from below, ordinary people who had the courage and the will to create their reality. This is Change that doesn’t need US or European involvement, but rather has been hindered by it over years of selfish and blind foreign policy.

As we have already noted here, it is by no means clear where recent events in Egypt and Tunisia will lead, but peversely – and this may be easy to say as an armchair observer – dare I say there is perhaps something wonderful about that? It means that, as is all too rare, all options remain on the table. For this briefest of moments all things are possible. And in the wider sense, suddenly so much more is possible. Even pharaohs can, and surely will, fall.

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  1. February 1, 2011 7:46 pm

    Bookmarked, I really like your blog! 🙂

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