Spring Turrns To Winter

It seems like yesterday when the world looked on with admiration and delight as
Tunisians took to the streets seeking an end to autocracy and the beginning of democracy. There was hope a new day was dawning in which people of all faiths came together as  members of a society in which, regardless of religious belief, all could live in harmony with one another. There was also an expectation that democracy would also usher in an economic revival that lifted those in the Middle East into the same middle class status that was occurring in Asian lands and in nations like Turkey.

Alas, that was then, and now is now. Tunisian President Moncer Marzouki, who leads a moderate Muslim party, was greeted with boos and stones when he appeared in the town of Sidi Bouzid. Young people wanted to know the location of promised jobs. Others wanted to know why religious zealots were harassing them in their daily lives.

He departed quietly.