Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Immolation Is the Highest Form of Flattery

How desperate is the Arab World for change? How widespread is the sense that the government is deaf to citizens' voices? Copycat self-immolations were reported this week in three other North African countries. In Tunisia's neighbor, Algeria, seven - count 'em, seven - protesters torched themselves (or tried to) in seven different towns.

The scary thing is that many of these kleptocracies don't care a lick for citizens, angry, burning, or burnt. A hundred Algerians, a thousand Egyptians could self-immolate without prompting anything from their governments but deeper politicization of the fire department.

1 comment:

Mr. Dough said...

I'll bet you were just burning to use that title!