Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WikiLeaks and Ben Ali's fall

Tunisian dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali became the first victim of the WikiLeaks. Or, the leaks just dealt the final blow to make the corrupt dictator flee? (By the way, all dictators are corrupt. Are not they?)
However, more is expected to come in other Arab countries. Public outrage against dictatorship and voracious corruption of the rulers in Tunisia has sent alarm bells across the Arab world. Amr Musa of the Arab League has warned that other Arab countries could face unrest like that of Tunisia on account of increasing poverty among common Arabs.
It seems that WikiLeaks are proving a blessing in disguise for the people who suffer at the hands of dictators like Muammar Qaddafi of Libya and Hosni Mobarak of Egypt. The United States and its corporate media have never 'exposed' the Arab dictators only to keep the oil flowing and put the anti-Israeli sentiments of the people of Arab world on leash.
On another note, the media in Pakistan are trying to inflame public sentiments against the PPP-led government by trying to draw a parallel between corruption of Ben Ali and perceived corruption of President Asif Ali Zardari.
However, they fail to realize that Ben Ali and his coterie's power flowed from the barrel of the gun, while in Pakistan a democratically elected government is struggling to survive the repercussions of an inherited war on terror and deep-rooted extremism.

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