10 Things I Learned from the Recent Events in the Middle East


1- That countries outlive men



2- That freedom is not given but rather taken



3- That unbelievably greedy villains do exist outside Hollywood movies



4- That politics is too complicated and things are not always what they seem, so it’s better to listen more and talk less



5- That being freedom-loving doesn’t necessarily mean shouting endless objections



6- That Arab leaders wouldn’t miss a chance to blame Iran for everything that is anything  



7- That Iran and Israel wouldn’t miss a chance to capitalize on any change in the region  



8- That oppressed and hungry people can only bear so much  



9- That Arab leaders continue to underestimate their people and insult their intelligence  



10- That we’re in for an ugly war in which we’ll be the weakest link