The Fall of Arab Dictators: The Revolution Turns Sour in Libya

Since the waves of Jasmine revolution hit the North Africa bringing down its ruthless leaders, who starved their people while they embezzled billions of dollars and unaccounted gold reserves, observers have been puzzled by not only the real power behind the revolt but by its rate. Some suggested it is a domino effect, assisted by the internet social networks; others argued there was a secret force behind it: Islamists or the Muslim Brotherhood whose ideology is dominant in the region.  From the ousted leaders’ perspective, it was the Islamists and Qatar’s powerful media, Aljazeera that led to their sudden collapse.


Historically, North Africa has never known democracy by any standard but has been admired for its stability, geopolitical and economical weight by the West. So was the uprising and mayhem tormenting and painful to the West during the revolts that saw the fall down of Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s powerful Mubarak.  A similar Algerian conflict and the imminent danger that “free and fair elections” in the North Africa can pose to the Western interests were visible. So the long-used phrase was to be avoided.



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