Some are of the opinion that the Arabic countries have never gone through a phase of Enlightenment, where secularism and liberalism joined hands to create a strong body of citizens, setting movements in motion that led to democracy.
I don't know if that's the case. I have been critical, however, of efforts to instill countries with democracy from the outside. I think Afghanistan and Iraq are better examples of "How not to…" than anything else.
Now it seems that many Arabic populations are taking matters into their own hands. Tunisia has rid themselves of a dictator, and now there are riots in Algeria and Yemen. To establish a system in which the people are the sovereign of a nation, I think it's a good thing when it's the people who work towards that goal.