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Tyrants' crude tools of power fail as era of classic security state ends. By Patrick Cockburn

The despots who have ruled the Arab world for half a century are not giving up without a fight.

In Syria and Yemen, state-sponsored violence has proved counter-effective. Protesters were enraged rather than intimidated.

A remarkable aspect of the Arab uprisings is that ruler after ruler is making the same mistakes that brought down Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.

Local tyrants, from Muammar Gaddafi in Libya to Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen, behave as if they had joined a collective political suicide pact whereby they alternate mindless violence and inadequate concessions in just the right quantities to discredit themselves and undermine their regimes.

Recipes for staying in power that have served them so well since the early 1970s suddenly don't work any more. This affects almost all the Arab states, monarchies as well as republics, since they hav

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Added: Mar-29-2011 Occurred On: Mar-28-2011
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    They have allowed Muslim slaves to see their slavery.

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  • What a pickle we are all in... just scatter a few tactical nukes around and deal with the aftermath..

    Good read though thanks

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  • The middle east is just one big tenderbox!

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  • It's an attempt at pan arabism. Coup d'etat!

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  • Rest assured reguardless of the outcome nothing will change
    The west should keep right out of the intrernal affairs of these countries
    the so called freedom fighters will replace the dictators with an even more repressive and totalitarian rule
    Based on how these people have been dealing with their captives I dont think i would like to be on the loosing side

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