25 April 2011

Clinging like grim death

Ali Abdullah Saleh, ruler of Yemen for 32 years, won't honor his promise Saturday to leave power. The about-face has brought thousands of furious protesters into the streets of the capital.

The Syrian regime is going the Qaddhafi route, sending tanks and troops into restive southern cities after security forces massacred more than a hundred unarmed civilians on Friday.

The Arab regimes are dying as they ruled, bloody claws clinging to the throats of their courageous people. But die they will.

5 Comments:

Blogger Cyc said...

I imagine that just about all these dictators who are doing all they can to remain in power after what they have seen are thinking "maybe I'll be the one to actually stay in power". Granted there is no evidence to back up such an assertion, but when you are a dictator, evidence has very little use to you.

25 April, 2011 07:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

These guys must have an awfully warped concept of reality, after decades of absolute power surrounded by yes-men.

25 April, 2011 08:39  
Blogger John Myste said...

"The Arab regimes are dying as they ruled, bloody claws clinging to the throats of their courageous people. But die they will."

Change the word “Arab” to “Middle Eastern Dictatorial” and you have pure poetry. Beautiful!

25 April, 2011 18:36  
Blogger Silverfiddle said...

But what will take their place?

Lebanon was once the France of The Levant, a beautiful liberal outpost where free-thinkers could escape obscurantist regimes.

I pray something good comes of this, but I'm not holding my breath.

26 April, 2011 19:08  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

JM: I do write actual poetry sometimes, but nobody can read it.

SF: Obviously we can't know for sure until the situation settles out. But the moves toward real democracy in Egypt and Tunisia, and the secular character of the rebellion so far, are promising.

In any case, the continuation of the status quo is neither tolerable nor, in the long run, possible.

27 April, 2011 00:30  

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