On 23 January 2011, at Voltairenet, Thierry Meyssan has an article on Tunisia entitled: Washington face à la colère du peuple tunisien ] - [ Translate this page ]
Meyssan believes that the start of the Jasmine Revolution was not planned by the CIA and its friends, but, that the CIA and its friends quickly became involved in directing the affair.
Aangirfan believes that the CIA and its friends have been planning for some time to topple Ben Ali.
Ben Ali, like the Shah and like Suharto, had become too independent minded.
According to Thierry Meyssan:
1. Washington saw that Ben Ali was in trouble and could not be saved.
So Washington decided to organise the rebels.
2. Washington decided to use the media in Tunisia and abroad to control the direction of the revolt.
Washington got the media to focus attention on social issues, the corruption of Ben Ali, and censorship of the press.
Washington wanted to avoid any mention of Tunisia being used as base for NATO and the CIA.
3. On 30 December, the private channel TV Nessma spread reports about the riots and organised a debate about the transition to democracy.
Nesma TV is part owned by Silvio Berlusconi.
4. At the same time, US agents (as well as Serbs and Germans) were sent to Tunisia to run the insurgency.
These experts provided the rioters with their slogans.
These experts followed the tactics for a 'colour revolution' developed by the Albert Einstein Institution.
5. On 2 January 2010, 'the CIA' hacked the official website of the Prime Minister.
6. On 13 January the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Rashid Ammar, was contacted by the commander of AFRICOM, General William Ward.
7. Ben Ali then fled.
8. News organizations launched the name "Jasmine Revolution" (in English).
The term "Jasmine Revolution" was used by the CIA to communicate during the coup of 1987 which placed Ben Ali in power.
9. We forget the good report given by the IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
And we forget the latest report of Transparency International which said that Tunisia was less corrupt than the states of the European Union such as Italy, Romania and Greece.
10. Ahmed Najib Chebbi, a pawn of the National Endowment for Democracy, has become Minister of Regional Development.
11. Amanou Slim, a blogger using the methods of the Albert Einstein Institute, has become Secretary of State for Youth and Sports.
12. The real seat of power is no longer at the Palace of the Republic, but at the Embassy of the United States.
Located outside of Tunis, in a vast campus, the embassy is a huge bunker that houses the highly secure central stations for the CIA and the MEPI North Africa and part of the Levant.
13. Islamist Rachid Ghannouchi prepares to arrive from London.
The following is our timeline:
2000 - President Ben Ali broke all diplomatic ties with Israel
2003 - Ben Ali refused to take part in either of the two wars against Iraq.
2009 - Tunisia signed an economic and technical cooperation pact with China
2009 - Sakhr El Materi, chairman of the Tunisia-US Parliamentary Friendship Group, met the US ambassador at Materi's home (Tunisia: Dinner With Sakher El Materi - TuniLeaks) "The Ambassador raised economic liberalization, noting the importance of opening up to franchising."
2010 - A report (Transformation: Tunisia) notes: "Despite the formal abolition of trade barriers for industrial goods with the European Union as of 1 January 2008, in practice, Tunisia has seen too little progress in terms of trade liberalization."
May 2010 - General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, visited Tunisia and met Tunisian Minister of Defense Ridha Grira.
"Minister Grira had recently returned from very positive talks in Washington with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates." (Tunisia - U.S. Africa Command Blog)
October 2010 - Sakhr El Materi, chairman of the Tunisia-US Parliamentary Friendship Group, had talks with top Americans in the Pentagon and the State Department.
November 2010 - A cable from the US embassy in Tunis released by wikileaks describes Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's family entourage as a "quasi Mafia" because of its "organized corruption".
Mohamed Bouazizi. He "set himself on fire outside the governor’s office". ( Mohamed Bouazizi.) Or he "set fire to himself at the bus station." "He had apparently decided to go to Tunis and talk to the president... (he) arrived at the bus station." (Tunisian riot town stands firm in its fury )17 December - Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old university graduate, reportedly set himself alight in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid in a protest over unemployment.
He reportedly died on January 5 from burn wounds.
In Islam, suicide is considered a sin.
There have been rumours that Mohamed Bouazizi is still alive s
24 December 2010 - an important Washington think tank (Institute for Policy Studiesa) had an article about a possible change of regime in Tunisia (Foreign Policy In Focus.):
"It would do Tunisians, even (Tunisian President) Ben Ali, well to recall how many US allies different American administrations have discarded…"
7 January 2011 - the Council on Foreign Relations's Elliott Abrams (Elliott Abrams: Is Tunisia Next?) seems to suggest that the fall of Ben Ali would be a good thing.
"Tunisians are clearly sick of looking at all the giant photos and paintings of Ben Ali that appear on walls, posters, and billboards all over the country...
"If Tunisia can move toward democracy, Algerians and Egyptians and even Libyans will wonder why they cannot."
8-10 January - More people die in three days of rioting.
Mysterious rooftop snipers are at work.
13 January - The army withdraws from Tunis, which remains occupied by special forces.
The leaders of the North African branch of Al-Qaeda/the CIA call for the overthrow of Ben Ali.
14 January - Ben Ali leaves the country.