Friday, April 1, 2011


The names and the places: Ben Ali, Tunisia; Hosni Mubarak, Egypt; Gaddafi, Libya; Abdullah, Jordan; al Khalifa, Bahrain; al Asad, Syria; al Saleh, Yemen.

For so many decades, not a whimper about the undemocratic forms of governance in these countries.

You are overcome by the strange realization that the modes of oppression in societies other than your own never figure predominantly in your imagination. We are mutually ignorant of each other's states of suppression.

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