Watching events in the Arab world move with cyclonic speed, I have the weirdest sense of deja vu – back to 1989, when as a young BBC journalist I covered the crumbling of the Iron curtain across Eastern Europe. In the space of just six months the Communist dominoes collapsed – first Poland, then Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and finally, Romania. Who can forget Nikolai Ceausescu’s Christmas day trial and execution?
So my question is this: how long will it take for the Arab dictators’ dominoes to be swept aside by the forces of history? What will the political landscape of the Middle East look like by the summer of 2011? Answers on a postcard below please!