• Twenty-one months ago, a lone pushcart vendor in Tunisia touched off a revolution that swept across North Africa and onward to Egypt, then Syria, and is still resonating so profoundly today. We called it the Arab Spring, and we were under the apprehension that this would mean the arrival of real democracy in nations whose people had little or no first-hand experience in that concept, at least in any Western sense, and who we thought lusted after it.

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