Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sharif don't like it...

The Arab world keeps on rocking. Today there's a demonstration planned in Khartoum, and on Saturday in Damascus.

I have mixed feelings about an Egyptian revolution, but Sudan and Syria are among the world's worst regimes, and I'd be very happy to see them go. The Sudanese government announced its intent to implement Sharia laws in the state, so in their case we don't even have to be afraid that the Islamists will take over - they are already there anyway.

But here lies the big question: can what has happened in Tunisia and is happening in Egypt can also happen in countries like Sudan and Syria?

The regimes of Egypt and Tunisia were connected to the West, and that restrained their ability to crush the demonstrations. The regimes of Sudan and Syria, on the other hand, don't give a damn (maybe the Sudanese regime cares a little more, but not much). They will come down hard.

Can the power of the people, and the encouragement they got from the successful uprising in Tunisia, overcome even repressive regimes such as those?

As we've learned in the past couple of weeks, everything is possible. In the meantime, what is happening kinda makes me want to dance.

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