It started in Tunisia less than a year ago. A young man’s desperation turned into self immolation which has been said to be the spark that ignited copy cat revolutions across Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Tunisia, Egypt, and most recently in the news Libya have all been central states and models in transitions from oppressive governments to democratic societies.
Last week rebel fighters in Libya found Muammar Gaddaffi, Libya’s dictator for the past 42 years, in his hometown of Sirte. Later he was executed which raised the question of war crimes by rebel fighters against Gaddafi.
Qaddafi’s death, among other new emerging details about his capture, might be negative press that the rebels can’t afford.
Egypt’s relatively well organized topple of Husni Mubarak was supposed to be an example to the rest of the world on how a rebellion can be organized but now analysts are concerned about cracks showing in the country’s semi-organized republic.
Perhaps the gem of the Jasmine Revolution lies where the uprisings all started. Tunisia. Relatively peaceful elections finished up Sunday and will be tallied by Tuesday showing the countr’s newest democratically elected leader.
After the all the blood shed and the current uncertainty about the elections in Tunisia the country is finally gaining traction and becoming what it hopes to become, a democracy, and possibly become what it didn’t intend to be, a model state for democracy in the Arab world.