Arab democracy looks different
Underlying the upheavals in Arab countries is a revolution of consciousness, with citizens recognizing their role in the running of their states. But the West misread the map if it expected to see U.S.-style democracies there.
The second anniversary of the revolution in Egypt will be marked next month. That revolution had been preceded by Tunisia's, which broke out on December 17, 2010, when Mohamed Bouazizi, a young university graduate, set himself on fire after municipal officials confiscated the vegetable cart with which he earned a meager living. After that would come the long and bloody revolutions.