There is a lesson to be learnt here, if you are a long-serving autocrat, faced with a revolt. Wait, play for time , call out your security/armed forces and pulverize the "rebels", while the rest of the world wring its hands in despair, caught between their vaunted democratic values and their connections ( past and present), to these same autocrats. Listen to their confused ramblings, watch them race each other to condemn and fulminate and then watch the hopelessness creep into the heroic people who dared to dream of a better day, who took up arms to usher in those better days and who hoped and prayed that their pleas for help will be answered by those who encouraged them and who boasted about the great promise that is "democracy". Watch their hopes die and watch them, as they turn away and embrace their only comfort, their religion.
We will rue these lost opportunities and we will be punished. Once again the feckless politicians have been true to their nature and we are the worse for it.