All Change in the Middle East
Middle East is routinely described as an “unstable region”, actually this is not always the case.
These Middle Eastern regimes may not look pretty to the Western eye, and they can be rightly accused of numerous crimes and evils, but instability is not their characteristic.
Working around the neighborhood…
All this is against a background where regular Western democracies change their ruling governments every handful of years.
In the past weeks, this history of dictator regime stability in the Middle East has been severely rattled.
The tidal wave of protests demanding change, which successfully toppled Tunisian tyrant Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, after 24 years in office, on January 14, 2011, has now hit
Egypt and . Jordan
The Egyptian first family is reported to have escaped out of
’s back door, to find safe refuge abroad. Mubarak himself is under warning that he could soon go the way of Ben Ali. The coming days are unpredictable… Cairo
Meanwhile democracy itself has served the interests of the fundamentalist terrorist outfit Hizbollah – when they withdrew their members of the Lebanese parliament from the coalition, so bringing down Western leaning Saad Hariri on 25th January, and replaced by stooge Najib Mikati.
Hamas had a similar experience in The Palestinian Authority in the 2006 elections – which they won by a disturbingly large majority.
(At which point the PLO abandoned any pretenses of democratic process, and the Palestinian Authority reverted to joining the prestigious Club MED - Middle East Despots).
Hamas and Hizbollah have discovered they can win both with the gun and with the ballot box, simultaneously.
Regime change, moving from dictatorship to democracy sounds like music to Western ears.
However, looking around my region, a stable dictator as a neighbor looks a more comfortable option than an infant democracy.