28 January 2011

The Scent of Jasmine

I WROTE A few weeks back about watching the unrest in Tunisa with keen interest (several of my students are from Tunisian backgrounds). Now I can't turn away from the TV as I watch the events in Egypt. I've basically spent all evening switching back and forth between the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Is this the start of what Tunisians are calling a Jasmine Revolution or is it just a brief flare-up of public discontent. Whatever it is, it's complicated. I find myself 'rooting' for change while fearing it as well. Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Algeria are relatively (I emphasize that word) stable, moderate, and friendly toward the West. Are we sure the alternative would be better?

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