Winds of Change

Two commentators on the new situation in the Middle East via the Times:

“What happened in Beirut is the beginning of spring in the region. It’s a turning point,” Abdulellah al-Khatib, a former Jordanian Foreign Minister, said.

“It is a democratic electric shock,” Karam Gabr, the managing editor of Rose el-Yousef, an Egyptian political weekly, said. “The winds of change blowing through Cairo could sweep away quite a few regimes in the region. They will be faced with the march of democracy in the Middle East.”

Cliches all, but welcome nonetheless.