Tunisia. Egypt. Libya. Algeria. Bahrain.
A wave of unrest has swept the middle East! Entrenched dictators have toppled! Power to the people!
It is of course to be applauded. That vicious shits like Mubharrak have been forced to relinquish the rei(g)ns must be a good thing. Even Qaddhafi looks like he might be on his way out, after using heavy battle weapons against his own people.
But why do I feel that an opportunity has been missed? That they could have used the space they'd created to do things differently. Instead, power is being transferred from one elite to another, while the apparatus of the state remains essentially unchanged.