of course, this would not have been possible if the military didn't restrain themselves.
this. military reaction seems to be a pretty accurate gauge of how successful a government overhaul will be. and the response from military leaders will almost always be rooted in their loyalty to the administration in question, and that loyalty is usually rooted in how 'fair' (read: totally unfair) the administration 'treated' (read: bribed) the military leaders and the funding of their requests. and even then, a military can always make the morally appropriate choice to ignore past association with an administration and refuse to stifle protest anyway. in this case it so happened that they stood aside and let things happen as they happened, but calling it a blueprint for future revolutions is assuming a lot about those future revolutions. which is basically what you said, i know, but i figured it was worth repetition and elaboration.
i think the internet (and as a result, twitter and fb) has helped to spread information and logistics. it's alot harder to control the news now then it used to be. young people can get different perspectives of the world beyond what the government is feeding them.
i wouldn't give them the lion's share of the credit of course, but it certainly helped.