The one uprising that is most likely to be hijacked and sabotaged is the Libyan Uprising. Not only because of the opportunistic and sinister Western intervention but also because the faces of the old detested regime are now leading the so-called opposition.
I mean, to listen to Qadhdhafi’s UN ambassador, ‘Abdur-Rahman Shulqum, speak against Qadhdhafi on Aljazeera is more than I can handle. This man was a propagandist for Qadhdhafi’s repugnant regime for decades and he covered up and justified his crimes.
Either the opposition cleans up its ranks from such unsavory characters, or it is getting another lousy tyrannical regime.
But, on the other hand, the ability of any regime to establish tyranny in countries hit with the Arab uprisings’ tsunamis is very small because uprisings create contexts of political chaos that are just delicious.
As’ad AbuKhalil is a professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. This note was first published in his blog Angry Arab News Service on 4 March 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.