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Tuesday, 18 January, 2011


By: Ghoma

        Tunisia is indeed on the crossroads. The question now is to where? Few occasions in the history of any country in which its fate is at balance, literally, is up in the air. One could say but its fate is in the hands of its citizens? Perhaps. However, in the melee, it all depends which side of its citizens does what. As long as the old establishment is still alive and kicking, and has not been broken once and for all, no verdict was issued, and thus every possible scenario can take place. If events in the past few weeks have snowballed to force the aging dictator and few others to flee the scene such an outcome by itself wouldn't mean the end to Ben Ali's regime. A regime is more than one person, more than one or two families, and more than few cliques, it's a whole chunck of the population: from the so-called 'elite,' to other beneficiaries, who, in one way or another, willy-nilly, have carved themselves a niche and cozed up with the established order. These groups are not going to sit down and watch their privilged status vanishin front of their eyes without mounting some fierce resistence if they can. Hence the days to come will be crucial to what kind of Tunisia will win the day. An old Tunisia, with its old establishment almost intact perhaps with few cosmetic touches here and there to absorb the latest popular cry for help. Or, a refreshed and renewed Tunisia, with real working democracy and fairer social order. At this point the picture is still blurry amd too early to tell. But changing only faces won't do the job if the Tunisians are intent to change not only the game but its rules too. For roles may change but the game will remain the same!

        It's time for Tunisians to carry their fight to the next stage. Revolution! Leaders have to emerge and direct events towards that goal. That's the only objective all those folks who have scarificed their lives for is worth pursuing. A revolution that would cleanse the country from all the dirt, debris, and rubbish that the neo-colonial set-up has entangled her with. If this ever occurs, Tunisia will be the first of all the Arab states to emerge from the long nightmare of the Dark Ages. It'll also be the firts state to have a shot at launching itself towards the 21st century with a clear vision , a renewed sense of hope, and a better system of governance to work for all these.

        Leaving the street to work itself out is an invitation to one group or another to step in and fill the vacuum left by the defeated regime. For the old regime seems to still holding the reigns of power. And as long as the same clique is still there, sure enough for them to plot to turn events in the last few weeks once again to their advantages. They'll be singing the democratic credentials and openmindedness of Ben Ali's regime which they'd say have enbaled Tunisians to rise and express their frustrations as well as their desire for change. And of course, will trill how their old great benefactor has listened to people's voice and hastened to leave the scene. Moreover, old members of the partially defunct regime will spare no time to paint the uprising as mere little small bumps on the road to perfecting their well-deserved achievements. If this scenario is let to pass, very little time will pass before Tunisia will revert back to where it always was: one-man feud or one family fiefdom. Back to the usual.

        At this point as events are still unfolding and is no time to predict what will be the ultimate set up. But questions have to be asked what is to be done and where is the best place for the exponents of the old-regime? Perhaps the best way to deal with them is to round them up and sent them into a concentration camps in the middle of the desert, let them sweat their fat asses out, until the time comes when they'll have their day(s) in people's courts. As to Ben Ali, it was a big mistake, on the part of those to whom was entrusted the security of the country, the ultimate guadians of the Constitution, the Armed Forces, to let him and his family get out of the country scot free with or without the gold bullions. In letting him escape, a sign the establishment with its poilce and Armed forces are intent to keep, if possible, their dirty luandry where it's always has been, hidden in its closets. Does such an act befit Tunisia at this juncture of time? Definitely not! The country, if intends to put an end to autocratic regimes has to hold those who have run them accountable for their mistakes. Forgiving them would be a foolish act that neither serves the memory of those fallen nor gives a lesson to those still alive. By letting the dictator escaped with his life, the perpetrator(s) has left the era of Ben Ali without possible closure. History will be spinning on its axis to find a hidden reason or motive to justify such act. While the dictator enjoying his miserable life, Tunisians will be asking was it worth letting him off without ever being held accountable for those who've suffered the wrath of his power.


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