So, first Ms. Malik tells us that revolutions screw up:
And yet, when we look across the Arab world today, it is hard to believe this happened. Only the “Tunisian revolution” remains intact. Every other country affected has either collapsed into chaos and civil war, as in Libya and Syria – or, like Egypt, has entered a new era of dictatorship, darker and more oppressive than ever before. What has come to pass looks like a fulfilment of the warnings that were issued against the protests from the start: this will only lead to even more political instability.
Some people have made this point before, that evolution not revolution might be the way to go. But apparently revolutions are as with socialism, it wasn’t real revolution:
The problem was the absence of enough of the forces necessary to the success of a revolution rather than the presence of too many counter-currents against it.
Not enough revolution, d’ye see?
It can happen. It has happened before. Now we know what it looks like. And next time, we will know what is required of us.
So, let’s have more revolution!
The same logic that led Lenin to shoot a few more peasants when the crops failed.