This bloody trail of uprisings may end up in Saudi Arabia
Published 26/02/2011 | 05:00
We pay too little attention to this autocratic band of robber princes; we think they are archaic, illiterate in modern politics, wealthy
The Middle East earthquake of the past five weeks has been the most tumultuous, shattering, mind-numbing experience in the history of the region since the fall of the Ottoman empire.
For once, "shock and awe" was the right description. The docile, supine, unregenerative, cringing Arabs of Orientalism have transformed themselves into fighters for the freedom, liberty and dignity which we Westerners have always assumed it was our unique role to play in the world.