It is not true at all that all Arab armies are merely private militias at the beck and call of the rulers. Some of them are real national armies and quite a few have turned out to be more nationalistic than others during the Arab Spring. Although it has been reported that the deposed Tunisian president, Zine Al Abidine Bin Ali, had ordered the army to launch air strikes against certain revolting areas in the country during the Tunisian revolution, the army commander refused to obey his orders. Instead, he called upon the president to leave the country. And when Bin Ali found out that the army was not going to put down the revolution, he had no choice but to succumb to the people’s will. He left Tunisia for Saudi Arabia. Had the army tried to quell the revolution, it would have taken much longer than four-and-a-half weeks to succeed, if at all.