|Did the fallen leaders of Egypt & Tunesia give up too quickly?|
|The tag line in this old ad "fight than switch" is echoed in the title of the NY Times article below|
Arab leaders facing public revolt have increasingly concluded that it is better to shoot to kill, or at least to arrest and imprison, than to abdicate and flee.
Those who have left, namely Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, face the humiliation of a criminal investigation, a trial and possible imprisonment. Those who have opted to stick with the use of force, as in Libya, Yemen and now Syria, have retained power, regional analysts said.
"I don't think we're going to see rulers run away, like Mubarak," said Mustafa Alani, an analyst with the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. "We passed this stage. They will not run or abdicate. They will take their chances."
(New York Times)