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Esquire's Politics Blog: Who Should Worry About the Tunisia Fallout, Really?

Details of the downfall of Tunisia's longtime strong man Zein el-Abidine Ben Ali are familiar enough: The spark that triggers the street-level explosion of social anger (a young man, hassled by the government for his pathetic gray-market activities, decides Plan B is to set himself on fire); the frantic government attempts at crackdown (close school!); only to be followed by the offering of sacrificial lambs (take my minister — please!); and, finally, the embarrassing departure of the big man himself. At this point, the rump government is throwing anything it can into the angry fire, hoping it will burn itself out. And the "unity" government doesn't seem to be doing much better.

With any such revolution (color this one green — as in money, despite all the Iran-esque web chatter), there is the temptation to read into it all sorts of larger meaning. This time around, I think the best route is simply to note which parties — outside of Tunisia — should be made supremely nervous by the unfolding events. With the possible exception of Crazy Qaddafi....

Read the entire post at Esquire's The Politics Blog.



 

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There are a couple of other factors that cannot be ignored. One is the rampant corruption that exists in the Third World. Its bad enough being jobless and hungry but it is amplified when you are jobless, hungry, and keep seeing government officials and well-connected families living lavish lifestyles like chauffeured limos and huge mansions.

Another is the repression. With all the new technologies exposing the people to how the rest of the world lives, it doesn't take them long to realize they've been had. They see the Western and Asian people living lives of comparative luxury. And the West has freedoms they can only dream about. So governments try to control access which angers them even more.

I think the most worried has to be Mubarrack.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthe wiz

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