Sunday, 16 January 2011

Could other Arab countries follow Tunisia's example?

Ah, armchair blogging. Preach about world affairs from the comfort of your own seat. But this one is interesting. There has been a revolution in Tunisia. Unusual because it is an Arab state, and to be honest, apart from Lebanon, is any one of them remotely democratic?

The Beeb asks the question, can it be repeated across the Arab world. Probably not. For starters, Tunisia was particularly despotic. Secondly, it has no oil. This is important, as basically, we in the west do not care who runs it. Thirdly, they are not as well armed (usually by the West) as somewhere like, Saudi Arabia is.

Good luck to the Tunisians! I really hope the bloodshed they have gone through, marks the beginning of something better. Their economy makes ours look like a bar of gold - mass unemployment, government cronyism, a lack of social & financial mobility for ordinary people, and, actually, it looks a lot like the UK's economy...

Mmm...

I know the news makes it look bad, but it really could be the beginning of something far better. Ah, releasing the shackle sof the state. One can hope...