I’m reminded of how Chinese premier Zhou EnLai supposedly answered a
question in 1972 about the significance of the French Revolution. “Too
early to tell,” was his reputed reply; and though he may never have said
it, how true it is that the major events of our world carom through
history in ways that remain unpredictable even hundreds of years later. How then to arrive at an assessment of the Arab Spring — and now far harsher Summer and Fall — of 2011, other than to say that it has proven monumental?
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