The revolution gathers pace
Published 22/02/2011 | 05:00
THE spark first lit in Tunisia has ignited a fire spreading across north Africa and the Middle East. Out of the flames have emerged peaceful revolutions and the overthrow of dictators. But other oppressive regimes are determined to stamp out the fire.
Last night, the full-scale crisis in Libya continued unabated. It was believed that the dictator Muammar Gaddafi had fled from Tripoli. Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, for his part, has engaged in wild talk about civil war and "rivers of blood". Oil and gold prices have surged and, according to reports from Israel, another dictator has acted in typical fashion.
The reports say that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent warships into the Suez Canal on their way to Syria. Ahmadinejad has a record of suppressing democracy in his country and collaborating with Syria in destabilising the region. But when it comes to stability -- when it comes to examining the causes of the conflagration and how to promote peaceful and democratic solutions -- more considerable countries should examine their consciences and urgently review their policies.