Arab Spring/Islamist Fall

Reuters' Paul Chapman has filed a report from Tunis. There have been elections there, less than one year after an uprising ousted dictator Zine al Abidine Ben Ali. The former Tunisian strongman is said to be enjoying his retirement in Saudi Arabia. There, Ben Ali doubtless has seen news coverage of the bloody end of his neighboring desert despot, Muammar Gaddafi. Ben Ali is probably offering prayers of thanks that he got out of Dodge in time.Election returns from Tunis show that the Ennahda party is the big winner. Ennahda won 90 of 217 seats in the country's new legislative assembly. It's not an outright majority, but it may prove sufficient for the Islamist party to form coalitions and rule the country.Everyone from the White House and the State Department to the prestige press has hailed the "Arab Spring." This regional uprising began when a street vendor set himself afire last December to protest the grinding oppression of the Ben Ali regime. The man, Mohammed Bouazizi, 26,...(Read Full Article)