Michael Totten

Tunisia is Actually Getting Regime Change

It briefly appeared that the government in Tunisia might survive with a different man at the top, but today it looks like they’re actually getting regime-change.

The Los Angeles Times reports heavy gunfire in the capital city of Tunis as the army is closing in on deposed dictator Ben Ali’s loyalists.

This revolution seems to have more in common—so far anyway–with the Romanian revolution that overthrew communist tyrant Nicolae Ceauşescu than with the 1979 revolution in Iran. It ought to go without saying that this is a good thing.

All possible options are now open. A new government could be better or worse, and possibly both.