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Arab countries 'may burn inside from civil war'

The sight of dictators toppling in the Middle East evokes memories of the collapse of the Communist countries in 1989. But the sense of stalemate in Libya is a reminder that not all revolutions lead to regime change and the creation of liberal democracies. Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect magazine and Amir Taheri, an Iranian journalist compare past revolutions to the middle eastern ones.

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