And the revolutions just keep on coming! First Bahrain, where the ruling regime was shamed when international media attention documented their use of force against peaceful protesters. And now Libya, where journalists are beginning to pour into the open borders from newly liberated Egypt and Tunisia. As the first western journalists to appear in the country, they've been greeted as liberators, pelted with candy and given standing ovations.
Because oppressed people know that when their brutal oppression and dignified fight for freedom is documented, the world will react. Not always successfully—there was little an angry world could do after the Tiananmen Square massacre—yet when third rate dictators are exposed for the petty tyrants they are, oppressed populations are emboldened, knowing that at least their protests will not go unseen, unheard.
The situation in each country is unique; their revolutions are not cut from the same keffiyah. Col Gaddafi is clearly insane, yet Hosni Mobarak was merely out of touch. Mobarak's methods were more secretive, his hired thugs at least making some attempt to appear home-grown. Gaddafi is not so shy: he openly hires mercenaries from sub-Sahara Africa, offering as much as $12000 for each life they take.
While the revolution in Bahrain seems to be on hold for the moment, the situation in Libya changes by the hour. This map shows the areas held by forces still loyal to Gaddafi. His territory is diminishing day by day, yet he remains holed up in Tripoli. His broadcast on State TV was lampooned by anyone who could bear to tune in for the 75 minutes of disjointed ranting.
But Libyans followed up the lampooning with action: At one airfield, civilians placed metal containers on the airfield to prevent planes from landing with foreign mercenaries.
Clearly, the longest running autocrat in the Middle East is nearing the end of his illegitimate rule. The old Libyan flag is now proudly flying almost everywhere except Tripoli, where Gaddafi's made-up flag still flies. (He also renamed the months of the year after his various sons. Delusional despot.)
Military officers are changing sides: Two pilots bailed from their aircraft last night, ditching the jets in the desert, while earlier, two Mirage jets landed in Malta, flown by two defecting officers who refused orders to bomb their own people.
As each revolution reaches a tipping point, those in power see the writing on the wall, so to speak. Libyan ambassadors, perhaps seeing the coverage the rest of the world sees, have denounced the regime. Inside Libya, in areas now free from brutal suppression, people are telling journalists stories that before would have been a ticket to prison, or worse.
As one Libyan professor told journalist Hannah Allam, "Before, the only time we opened our mouths was at the dentist."
Seeing people risk their lives for the mere right to protest is thrilling, and humbling. And yet still, I hear old geezers on the news here, warning us that Western Democracy isn't fit for the Arab world. No doubt where that old man would have stood when the 13 American colonies revolted against a repressive British monarchy.
There is no longer a shortage of information coming out of Libya. You can follow the Libyan revolution on Twitter, on Al Jazeera English (which continues to do an excellent job covering the protests in the Middle East) or on AJE's live blog here or the Guardian's here.
We live in exciting times. Don't miss the coverage.