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First Tunisia. Now Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. As recent pledges of reform by King Abdullah and Bashar al-Assad make plain, leaders in the Middle East are not just concerned, they’re panicking. Today’s revolts are not a total surprise, mind you. Ever since the Iranian Revolution, there has been a widespread belief that the same energies that shook off the Shah lay latent throughout the Arab world as well. The Arab regimes themselves played up to this potential doomsday scenario. When pressured by the West for reforms, engaging in détente with Israel, or siding against Saddam Hussein, these most autocratic of regimes inevitably brushed off these demands by pointing to the “Arab Street” - the Sword of Damocles, they claimed, hung above their heads.