"For the western world, the 'Arab spring' threatens to be a classic case of good news and bad news. The good news is that this is the Arab 1989. The bad news is that we are the Soviet Union,"
--Gideon Rachman, writing behind the Financial Times' paywall, quoted by Sullivan.
I can't get to the article, so I don't really have an opinion on his actual argument (or a solid enough grasp on the relevant history, really), but that is one hell of a jarring statement.