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Tunisian Revolution is a success.
Libyan Revolution is a success.
Egyptian Revolution is a success.
Syrian Revolution horrible failure.
The first three are qualified successes. Yes, all those countries managed to topple a government, so in that narrow sense the revolutions did their job. That being said, it's far from settled what happens next with the groups either re-revolting for their old government or new threats like ISIS chapters stepping in. Long-term consequences are a bitch like that.
Knowing that, it's no wonder that a fourth such kerfuffle was treated a little differently. Turns out there are a few dudes there who are interested in shit not going down the same way as in those other countries.
I was thinking, OP's definition of "success" must be rather generous.
I was in a hotel in Silicon Valley watching the Arab Spring live. I saw the google guy get jailed, then released, I saw President Obama try to get all the brownie points by not supporting his ruthless dictator friends, and I knew the jihadis were licking their lips, sharpening their swords, and priming their suicide vests.
I'm sure it looked very Prime Directive of the US to let it happen, but sometimes you get a reminder of why you never do a thing a certain way. We should have taken a side immediately, in each country, and put troops and equipment on the ground overnight. Maybe, if we'd supported the idealists they wouldn't all be dead now.
>few dudes there who are interested in shit not going down
Russia would have both lost another autocratic government in the world and one of its largest customers.
If you think anything else you're not cynical enough.
Russians don't hear gunfire and bombs going off in Syria. They hear cash registers opening and slot machines pouring out money.
That's what the US thought about Cuba just after the revolution, but Castro sided with the people who offered to make his country strong, knowing they'd go to any expense to have an ally on their enemy's doorstep.
I'm very curious to see the new Syria take shape after the war, who will lead them and who will sponsor them. It's still not out of the question for Assad to be assasinated, and every day that passes fragments the remaining population among the dozens of disparate fighting groups and fleeing refugees.
America was set to free the shit out of syria much like Iraq over alleged chemical weapon attacks on their own civillians (because that's the priority when you're fighting rebels), but Russia stepped in to cockblock Obama by demanding actual evidence that it was Assad who did the attack.
The U.N. sent in people to investigate, and in the end they couldn't prove it was assad, and the blast zone was close enough to rebel territory for rebels to have been the ones reaponsible. An interesting aside, the investigators were shot at by snipers at least once
oh, and then russia brokered a deal where assad would slowly get rid of syria's chemical weapons stockpile
And whatever the fuck the truth was, that amount of hesitation was plenty for the situation to evolve in to a level 10 clusterfuck.