The overthrow of the Tunisian dictator, Ben Ali, by his people is very significant in contemporary history. It hopefully marks the beginning of an Islamic revolution. This is the first time the Arabs have toppled one of their dictators. Most Islamic nations have been ruled by dictators. The reason is not difficult to be found. An ignorant people can be easily controlled like the bullocks under the yoke. In the case of the Muslims, it’s not just the ignorance of the masses that comes in handy for a potential dictator. The religion also renders ample assistance with the imam and the ulemma and their oppressing blind beliefs symbolised by the fatwa and the purdah.
It is significant that the dictator Ben Ali fled his country along with his family and took refuge in the radically Islamist country of Saudi Arabia. Fearing America, Saudi America has proclaimed that Ben Ali will be treated as a political refugee and not as the head of a state. That’s just diplomatic talk. Saudi Arabia will treat Ben Ali as Tihar Jail will treat a VIP political prisoner!
It is also significant that Ben Ali’s wife had 1.5 tonne of gold with her when she abandoned her country, [according to a report in the Times of India, Jan 18, 2011]. 1.5 tonne gold would mean quite a lot to Tunisia’s people. It’s their wealth. Their wealth stolen by their rulers.
Today’s [18 Jan] Times of India also reports that a former officer of the Swiss banking system has handed over important documents related to secret accounts to Julian Assange of Wikileaks. I hope those documents will reveal the trillion-dollar accounts of Indian politicians in the Swiss banks. Will another revolution start from the Hindu India? L K Advani has been crying hoarse about these secret accounts of Indians in Swiss banks. Will Advani’s mouth be shut by his own partymen [not too many women in that party anyway] who may have billions, if not trillions, stashed away in the Swiss banks? Will the people of India start another revolution against the thieving capitalist system controlled by the traders and their henchmen-politicians? Even as the ignorant but “fed up people” [Mona Eltahawy’s words in an article on Tunisia in The Hindu, 18 Jan, 2011] of Tunisia turned against their leader?
A revolution is at hand.
I don’t want to sound like the ancient prophets who always proclaimed the end of the world. But I reassert that a revolution is at hand. Will it be an Islamic Revolution? I doubt.