Only Zein Alabdeen, among the leaders of the family republics, could understand that the issue was no longer a revolution of an unemployed youth or an insulting of a peddler by a police woman! Unfortunately, he legalized this too late after the public protests raged across the country and even after the voices of the angry people violated the quietness of Qarthage Palace. Then, all his treaties were in vain though he said “Now I have understood you, I will not stand for the coming presidential elections, no lifelong Presidency”.
Mubarak, Moammar Gadhaffi, Saleh, Bashar, Botaflika, and Bashir just to mention few of the Arab dictators who could not hear or understand that whatsoever is on the earth will perish.
It’s impossible for something to continue to eternity; those people revolting in more than one country would have never been expected to inflame as a volcano or an earthquake. Not a single Arab leader could expect or predict that people would rise up against them in a human storm which will not abate or fade away before changing the geopolitical map.
The problem of the Arab leaders is that they loss feelings of their people’s suffer, thus the recent developments are as a tsunami or powerful waves storming their power and threatening to exterminate them.
The reality is that this human storm does not stop within the borders of five republican states as it is spread through all Arab republics and kingdoms leaving no single regime without affecting it in a way and at different times.
Mubarak, the old and patient man, was told to leave the Presidential Palace with his sons and gang but he refused and was arrogantly giving provocative speeches until he was forced by the Field Marshal Tantawi and his Generals who came to him before the protesters reaching him.
The marvel leader Moammar Gadhaffi never could understood his people. After nearly four decades, he came up out of his hideout in Beit Izeiziah saying to the revolutionaries: “who are you, oh rats? I’m the leader, fighter, struggler…etc, honor is not to Libya alone but for all Arabs, Africans and Latinos, I’m the leader coming from the tent and the desert, we will march on you, oh rats I will chase you everywhere.” At the end, Libya was extensively destroyed, thousands were killed, millions were punished severely and the leader was killed after being caught in a sewer like a rat; King of Africa Kings had been killed in a humiliating way to the degree of burying his body in somewhere at the desert.
Saleh and Bashar have not absorbed the lesson well. The two of them did not understand that it’s time of their departure. They both thought that the storm certainly would not come to them. Saleh said “ Yemen is not Tunisia, no extension or inheritance in power and no for the revolutions that are being planned from Tel Aviv and the White House.” Bashar, in his turn, replied “Syria is not Libya, no for the Israeli plot, we will not surrender and will resist and we will face all traitors and mercenaries with all kinds of murder, tyranny, torture and we will burn the whole region if the American League started to think of repeating the Libyan scenario under the protection of the Syrian citizen.
King of Bahrain also did not understand that the problem is greater than just a conflict between two sects; Sunni minority holds power and Shiite minority opposes.
King Abdullah might have succeeded by the temporary control and perhaps by pumping billions of riyals as salaries and social incentives from one side and he was able to absorb the shock of the storm, even temporarily, by making the public busy with the authority of pledge of allegiance and with the nomination and election of women to the municipalities and Shura Council in the future. Sheikh Hamad also rushed to call for elections of the Shura Council in 2013. Setting aside Qatar's political, media and material role in the Arab revolutions- since many of these revolutions raised up due to the role of Aljazeera channel which broke the governmental monopoly of media- and being the most opened and transparent gulf state willing to encounter the challenges of the present and the future; it was not away from this storm.
Prince Sobah, Prince of Kuwait, was the first one to raise incomes living, but the issue here exceeded the loaf to the partnership in power. Therefore, it was a must that Kuwait was more affected by the Arab revolutions due to that it has been experiencing the parliamentary authority since the early sixties, and the parliament in Kuwait is still the best model in the Arab world. On these bases, what happened in Kuwait should be considered as an extension of the Arab boiling. After months of rejection and intransigence, Prince Sobah recently submitted to the demands of the parliament; he accepted the resignation of the government accused of the corruption of 16 ministers and then issued a decree to resolve the parliament.
UAE, Jordan and Morocco, each of these kingdoms did not stand still against the winds of change, but each country has taken measures and procedures going along with and compatible with the nature and conditions of the regimes in these countries and their problems.
Chairman of the Algerian Government Abdul Aziz Belkhadem did not understand the people who were the first in the field of change paying a high price because of the violence used against them.
Bouteflika tried to avoid what happened in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt even with reformatory calming prescription for some time.
But while the Algerian people were waiting the departure of the old man, Bouteflika, implementing what he had promised before, Belkhadem came out to confirm that the candidate of the Liberation Front would be (the exhausted and tired). Not only this, he also considered the continuance of the Liberation Front in power is a national issue that does not accept any doubt or controversy.
Don't I told you that those were the rulers of the old age who could never live or co-exist with the new generations born and grew during half a century .
I do not know how much time it would take these rulers to leave us! We do not know how much time will take us so that the Arab leaders realize that these revolutions are basically a conflict between different generations or as the former Algerian Minister of Defense Khalid Nezar described “a conflict between the generation of fire to which he and his comrades belong to and the generation of ash who was born and grew up under the national State.