The Israeli war criminal and terrorist Ehud Olmert with Hosni Mubarak, the dictator of Egypt known for his support of U.S. and Zionist policies against the Palestinian people.
The uprising in Tunisia has spread to Egypt, the most populous and important nation in the Arab world. Protests have also broken out in Yemen. Having followed the developments in Tunisia closely on the BBC World Service, I noticed a very different attitude taken by the BBC toward the popular uprising that overthrew the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali. When similar uprisings happen in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union they are invariably praised and promoted as a sign of the progress of western democracy. This was certainly not the case with the uprising in Tunisia. The first question asked of every commentator has been, "Will the unrest in Tunisia spread to Egypt and other Arab nations?"
One got the distinct impression that the BBC is against democracy for the Arab nations and that the people of the Middle East do not have the right to demand democratic governments. Decades of U.S. support for dictators like Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak and the U.S. refusal to accept the democratically elected Hamas government of Palestine are proof (if any were needed) that the U.S. government does not really support democracy in the Arab world. Dictators are, after all, so much easier to control. Having supported every dictator in the Middle East, the U.S. now finds itself in an increasingly weakened position in the region. These uprisings will have profound consequences on U.S. stature and policies in the region.