(It is supposed that Yemen is the most poor Arab country, the least in progress and education, the most tribal and the most recent in civilization. However up to now before and after the revolution it is the best in behavior and results.
The revolutionaries returned from Sana'a protest squares, and so did their opponents. A new president occupied his position in the Republican palace and the commander of Presidential Guard resigned, satisfied that each president has his own guards. The employees went back to their work and the arsonists put out their wicks of fires and the explosions stopped unlike those in Iraq, no comedian nominees as in Egypt and no movement from al-Tahreer square to al-Abasia. There is also no separatist movements as it is the case in Libya or severity like those in Tunisia. )
The above expressions between brackets are excerpts from an essay by colleague Samir Attallah in al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper. He is in my opinion one of the best analysts of the negative collective mind practices on the sidelines of the consecutive Arab revolutions.
After a year and a half of the clamor in the protest squares the significance is realized in the final results. We will all seek excuses for the mistakes during the rallies of the millions, justifying that such things happen at times of enthusiasm, but we take up the criticism lancets after the achievement of the objectives for which the millions took to the streets.
When the leader is toppled as a condition for the consecutive objectives of the revolution, any chaos following his overthrow is an apathy that spoils the country and people's properties to no avail, and a riot that disrupts the homeland progress, pushing it back into the second square in risky and critical situations.
One bends down in respect to the Yemeni people who showed civilized unparalleled characteristics and tremendous pragmatism in dealing with the outcome of their revolution.
This happened in an excellent attitude from this civilized people, though the indications and conditions expect otherwise in comparison to the other nations.
Consider these conditions and figures; it is the only country, perhaps in the whole world, in which there are seventy million pieces of weapons that are stored in their land, at a rate of five pieces for each adult above eighteen.
It is the only country where you find the grenade and the tank sold in open markets and the Yemeni citizen is the only who carries his machine gun and holds a grenade around his waist, to walk with them inside the market place and in public streets.
Even though I personally refuse such scenes within a modern state at the time of the civil societies, however these indications remain to be eye catching, on analyzing the civil behavior in comparison with the consequences of the other Arab revolutions.
Yemen is the only Arab community where the tribe is the biggest political party, in terms of loyalty of the followers and the hierarchy of loyalty to the chief. It is surprising that the tribe is the first absentee in regards to the mobs and opportunists who seek to reap the benefits of the revolution. Yemen is the clear example in the Arab map in sectarian disparity and the map of this sect.
There is a long history of the literature of the Zaidi sect in the north of the north, while the rest of the south are Sunni Shafi', but despite this differences, it is surprising that this disparity didn't take heed of the voices that instigate the sectarian hostility.
They enjoy exceptional coexistence and it is surprising that this civilized people went to ballots in a really first fair and just Arab referendum, to choose a Sunni Shafi' President after thousand years of the rule of the Zaidi Motawkli, and the subsequent republics which were from the same sect (the few months of President al-Hamdi are an exception.)
It is also surprising that the new Shafi' President, won a rate of supporting votes exceeding 5 percent of those which he obtained from the grass roots of his sect, or even his geographical area as the first Yemeni leader with southern roots.
Yemen is the only Arab country in recent periods that is formed of the merger of two sides or two states. Despite all the separation literature before and during the revolution, however the facts of the post revolution show the opposite, where they diminish, listening to the voice of reason, leaving this thorny issue to the dialogue conference.
In short; this nation proved that wisdom is Yemeni and faith is Yemeni. They chose a transitional president from the old regime and left the deposed one, to stay on the Yemeni soil, because they read with their Yemeni wisdom that the country is superior than being targeted by seditions. They chose the appropriate despite its bitterness in future.
They evacuated the streets and public squares and went into public life for the sake of future. The final note is that Yemen is the message of the Arabs of the south to the Arabs of the north. Think over the huge differences between the two (Arabs,) to know who is the deepest in civilization, shrewdness, pragmatism and humanity.