' ... for once ... .' the sky

' ...watched these earthquake tremors turn to cracks and the cracks into crevasses. From 

Tunisia to Egypt to Libya, to Yemen – perhaps only 48 hours from freedom – to Morocco and to Bahrain 

and, yes, even now to Syria, the young and the brave have told the world that they want freedom. 

And freedom, over the coming weeks and months, they will undoubtedly obtain. These are happy 

words to write, but they must be said with the greatest caution.

As I said, there is much blood still to flow. And many a meddling hand to turn new 

democracies into time-serving dictatorships. But for once – just once – the Arabs 

can see the broad sunlit uplands. 

Robert Fisk