It’s old news by now that the so-called Arab Spring was literally and figuratively sparked by a street vendor in Tunisia.The self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in front of a government building took place in December 2010, a mere year and a half ago. It feels much longer, due to the great deal that has happened since then.
But time flies when you’re having fun. And the Middle East has been one big party for the last 18 months, with much fanfare and fireworks. That this bash has been characterized by the uncorking of Shariah, not champagne, and that blood is flowing instead of bubbly, is beside the point, according to many cautiously optimistic analysts. It took a century for the French Revolution to produce democracy, they argue. And what’s a hundred years in the grand scheme of things?
Such a take on the radical Islamization of every country in our neighborhood may or may not be justified in the distant future, though none of us will be alive to see how it all turned out. Either we’ll have been killed by the sword or died of old age. In the meantime, however, what we’ve been witnessing is an eerie repeat of the Islamic Revolution — the one that took place in Iran in 1979, with the toppling of the autocratic shah and the rise of the Muslim monster, Ayatollah Khomeini.
Though it is understandable that the French Revolution has come to mind in relation to the goings-on in the Arab-Muslim world — where decapitation is alive and well — even the barbaric act of beheading was conducted differently in France.