In this Oct. 25, 2009 file photo, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife salute their supporters in the affluent Carthage neighborhood next to the capital, Tunis. Tunisians cheered the end of Ben Ali's iron-fisted and corrupt rule.
"Facts and Perceptions in Tunisia: Offering Legitimate Technical Assistance (But Not to Put Down a Revolution!)"
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
January 18, 2010
Author: Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security
France's Foreign Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, put her post-colonial foot in it when she proposed before the National Assembly on January 12 that France could offer its know-how to the Tunisian police in order to cope with the country's fraught security situation.
To be fair, the seasoned cabinet member, who was formerly France's Interior Minister, made her remarks before the "Jasmine Revolution" reached its paroxysm, on 14 January, when the dictator Ben Ali, more helpless and more hastily than the Shah, fled Tunisia in an airplane, which found a circuitous route to... Saudi Arabia....
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