Ahmet of Tunisia sent me this: "Asad, i think you mentioned this before; he is certainly the go-to guy for any ME reporter to provide a platitude, conventional wisdom and inserted in his dispatch : ""The Arab spring changed everything," says Hamid. "Among Arab leaders, Qatar was the only one that was ahead of the curve in the Arab spring and willing to take risks." Ahead of the curve? How deep. How insightful. How romantic.