An interesting, and encouraging, observation from Syria, courtesy of Al Jazeera:
"The most important message is that people can make the change. Before it was always army officers that lead a coup."
"It may not be tomorrow or a few months but I'm sure it is like dominoes. Before there was always an ideology - pan-Arabism or being an enemy of Israel. But now people are simply looking for their personal freedom, for food, education, a good life. The days of ideology are over."
Let's hope so. No pie-in-the-sky, just getting rid of corruption and oppressive government regulation.