Democracy is exploding in the Middle East. Pay attention. Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt. I wonder who’s next?

Here’s a good roundup that ends with a question on all our minds:

The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe happened after reformists first attained power through elections in Poland and Hungary. It happened rapidly, with no one comprehending the speed with which the old, corrupt edifices of power crumbled. Could the example of elections in one Muslim country in the Middle East have a similar ripple effect?