The Arab Spring, the Arab Revolt – whatever we end up calling it, the thing is continuing.
ITEM: Elements of the Syrian army might be siding with protesters in that country’s unrest.
units of the 4th Army Division, headed by Maher al-Asad (the brother of the president), began firing on the crowds in Deraa. The 5th Division, comprised mainly of conscripts, opposed this step and tried to protect the people. Then the two divisions traded fire with one another!
ITEM: Central Asian governments are taking steps to ward off inspired rebellions in their countries. As Tajikistan’s president puts it: “I want to reiterate that the wise people of Tajikistan, who were once the victims of such events, know the meaning of peace and stability. They are aware of the importance of peace and stability…” I’ll bet.