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Is the answer Tunisia?

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Tunisia was the first answer to the question “for how long?” Everyone was witnessing the manifestations of injustice and corruption with a fit of hidden anger, until the Jasmine Revolution came to light, followed by several after-effects that created a long-awaited Arab spring. But, was Tunisia the only answer to all the tests to which these differently-addressed movements have been subjected? Of course, no. Every movement has provided a response to a different question in an interlocking series of entirely new problems that deviated from the content of all the old revolutionary approaches, and needed pragmatic minds, generosity, unprecedented courage and calculated risk-taking. Each specific answer in a particular revolution stipulated a different response in another. Thus, opponents of worn-out regimes presented a highly intelligent, sophisticated and varied scene.

In light of the setbacks of the Arab Spring revolutions, the revolutionary elite in the Arab region wanted to depict the Tunisian Revolution as a victorious experience and make it look that it was able to establish a democratic regime based on the principle of the transfer of power. I excuse those who have believed in this beautiful illusion. The Arabs, especially whose revolutions have been suppressed, hope that any Arab country will succeed in weaving for them strings of hope that would bind them to a future they want with all their being. However, I think this is a very premature judgment. The democratic experiences’ success or failure can only be assessed after testing the army, and the military of Tunisia has not yet been tested.

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