If you look-up “Arab Spring” on Wikipedia, it is described as “a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests”.
Are there parallels between Arab Spring demonstrations, protests, and fighting in Syria now and similar events in Texas in 1835-36? Can Bashar al-Assad be considered a Santa Anna of his day?
One wonders if Assad will order an Alamo style massacre of the freedom fighters in Homs by the Syrian Army. At this writing, the issue is still in doubt.
Unlike many leaders in the middle-east, Assad was not educated in the United States. Therefore it is unlikely that he ever heard of the Battle of the Alamo or that he is aware of the rallying effect such an abomination can have on a population.
Santa Anna was not willing to negotiate with the rebels and he lost Texas. Will Assad have better sense?
Either way, I think the events of the Arab Spring prove that, sooner or later, the people get what they want, and perhaps “Texas Spring” would be an appropriate label for the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests that ended with the birth of the Republic of Texas.