Processes that have been roiling beneath the surface for about a decade are suddenly bursting out in an intifada of freedom. Modernization, globalization, telecommunications and Islamization have created a critical mass that cannot be stopped. The example of democratic Iraq is awakening others, and Al Jazeera's subversive broadcasts are fanning the flames. And so the Tunisian bastille fell, the Cairo bastille is falling and other Arab bastilles will fall..........."
the lack of moral compass by the west and the selective, almost random selection of causes and tyrants to defend as mentioned in the article by mr. shavit, is one of the causes of the broad lack of respect for the west.
no thoughts in this op-ed are new or revolutionary, but they are well presented.