For the first time since post-colonial independence, a genuine popular revolution has succeeded in bringing down two dictatorships in the Arab world and in such a spectacular manner that it has left most analysts and governments in the region and internationally literally speechless.

The revolution that took place on January 14 in the North African county of Tunisia and began in Egypt on January 25 has caught  everyone  by surprise; the so-called experts on theories of political change as well as Western policy makers.