In Egypt and Tunisia the will of the people is not a hollow cliche | Peter Hallward
The day after popular pressure forced Tunisia’s autocratic president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from power on 14 January, Egypt’s government declared that it “respects the will of the Tunisian people”. So did the governments of Yemen and Iran, and so did the Arab League. Jordan’s government followed suit the next day. In his state of the union address on 25 January, Obama also celebrated Tunisia as a place “where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator”, before reminding the world that “the United States of America supports the democratic aspirations of all people”.