One of the most notable aspects of the remarkable -- and inspiring -- revolutionary events in the Middle East is how most (though not all) of the villains at the heart of the depicted drama -- the Evil, Dictatorial Regimes -- are and have long been such close and cherished allies of the United States. That fact isn't much acknowledged in American media narratives, but it's certainly been long and well-known in that part of the world. And the true faces of our allies are now being exposed in a way that not even we can look away from. Imagine if Americans lived under a brutal, repressive, dictatorial regime for decades, and one foreign nation devoted huge amounts of its resources to empowering and propping up that regime for years. Might that generate some intense hostility toward that foreign power?