* Hakim Almasmari
EDITORIAL Last updated: 03:21:17 PM GMT(+03) Monday, 31, January, 2011
Over the last month, the Middle East has witnessed the biggest crises since the 1950’s.
One country saw separation (Sudan), another saw a revolution (Tunisia), a third saw a complete change in government (Lebanon), and Egypt saw an entire government forced to resign.
One question I would like to put forward is why is all the chaos taking place in countries that will not harm the international interests and are non oil countries? Yemen will also see a scenario close to the ones witnessed by the above nation, as it is open to a revolution, separation, change of government and a new cabinet mix. Yemen is also a non-oil country.
Is it by chance that oil nations are not seeing revolts?
The current crises were witnessed in some of the most successful Arab countries; Tunis is one of the most up to date nations for technology, Lebanon being the most modernized Arab country, and Sudan being the biggest Arab nation and with the strongest agricultural foundation. Egypt is considered the heart of the Arabs and probably the most powerful Arab nation.
If the above nations were able to revolt, it would be much easier for citizens of other nations (Gulf) who have kingdoms and lack democracy.
2011 has already seen the most change in the Middle East in over 50 years while only one month has passed.
We expect the crises to spread to Bahrain and Kuwait by the middle of the year, as those countries are also a time bomb waiting to explode.
Saudi Arabia will enter a family crises as all their major kings and rulers are over the age of 80.
Algeria and Jordan are revolting in a quick pace. Iraq is already in chaos.
Syria and Qatar are stable. Does this prove that nations that ally with Iran succeed, like Syria and Qatar?
Yemen is the most complicating country, because the opposition is Yemen is probably one of the wisest in the region, and has close links to President Saleh, therefore, making matters easier for the country.
A new map will be drawn for the Middle East in 2011.
Is this what former U.S. Secretary of State Condelezza Rice meant when she said it was time to create “The New Middle East” back in 2006?
Hakim Almasmari is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Yemen Post Newspaper. Mr. Almasmari is also a university lecturer in the field of international media. He is a political analyst who has been a guest on many international TV stations discussing current local and international affairs. He is based in Sana’a, Yemen. Occasionally, he is also based in the Yemen Post’s United States office. *
Source: Yemen Post Newspaper
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