A Primavera Árabe das Nações?

JERUSALÉM – Duas coisas sobressaem no Médio Oriente desde que começou a Primavera Árabe – uma que aconteceu, e outra que não aconteceu. O que aconteceu foi que pela primeira vez na história Árabe moderna, regimes e governantes autoritários foram derrubados, ou seriamente desafiados, por manifestações populares, e não – como no passado – através de golpes militares.

Mas o que não aconteceu poderá ser tão importante como o que aconteceu. Enquanto os ditadores associados a juntas militares foram desafiados de um dia para outro, a Primavera Árabe nunca chegou às monarquias conservadoras da região. Os governantes dinásticos de Marrocos, da Jordânia, da Arábia Saudita, e dos estados do Golfo (com excepção do Bahrein) permanecem mais ou menos firmes no seu posto, embora o regime da Arábia Saudita, pelo menos, seja em muitos aspectos muito mais opressor do que foram os regimes Egípcio e Tunisino.

Claro que o dinheiro do petróleo ajuda a sustentar a autocracia, mas este factor está ausente em Marrocos e na Jordânia. Parece que estas monarquias gozam de uma forma de autoridade tradicional que os governantes nacionalistas seculares da região nunca tiveram. Ser descendentes do Profeta, como em Marrocos ou na Jordânia, ou possuir a custódia dos lugares santos de Meca e Medina, como na Arábia Saudita, confere uma legitimação aos governantes dos países que está directamente ligada ao Islão.

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