Every general will tell you that the first milestone in successful campaign is disrupting your enemy’s ability to communicate. Quite telling that the Egyptian government took the page from a war manual to deal with voters show of dissatisfaction with their government.

No, this isn’t “Berlin Wall” of my generation. My generation has seen Berlin Wall come down first hand. We’ve lived through it. Yet there are many similarities between what went on in the communist part of Europe and what is happening now in the Arab countries: “Iron curtain” had holes in it and was rusty for a long time before the Wall fell; the “Arab Street” has been restless for some time, asking for self-government. In both cases dissent was largely private. Like 20+ years ago so now “the West” isn’t quite sure what to do - so it waits to see what will come out of it.

Exactly 20 years ago a fledgling news network made their name and became world famous because of its coverage of the Gulf war. 20 years on, another news network is stepping up to prominence with its coverage of the “Arab Street” awakening.

Every conflict has winners and losers; winners act, losers react.

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