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(CNN) - It’s truly amazing to see the dramatic changes that occurred in North Africa and the Middle East this year. Gadhafi, bin Laden, al-Awlaki dead. Mubarak in jail. Other despots have fled or are on the verge of being removed from power. Bashar al-Assad brutally fighting for his survival in Syria.
Anyone who would have predicted these changes a year ago would have been dismissed as weird.
That helps explain why it’s so risky to make any long- or even short-term predictions about the Middle East right now. I have no idea what the region will look like in the next six months. It sounds trite, but the power of the people – especially the young people - is truly revolutionary.
“The events of this entire year in that region of the world have spoken more dramatically than any individual could about where the future lies in that region,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “and it’s a future that lies with the youth of the region and those who are demanding greater democracy, greater accountability from their governments, greater freedom.”
And Carney added: “That’s as true in Syria as it is in Libya.”
I assume al-Assad is watching Libya very nervously right now.