A political earthquake may be about to rock Sudan and send tremors across Africa.
We are still so steeped in Cold War thinking that the prospect of US naval power no longer having a free run in the North Pacific is causing deep consternation in Washington even though this was perfectly predictable and inevitable.
"Baby Doc" will be lucky to escape jail or lynching. But nothing is for sure in Haiti. His luck may yet change. Up in the mountains the drums beat, and the whisper goes around, "the son of our Great Hongan is returned."
Platitudes aside, there is little concern in the US about bringing real democracy and modern society in the Arab world. Washington still wants obedience, not pluralism, in its Mideast Raj, and primacy for Israel in the Levant.