As Tunisia and Egypt move a step closer toward completing constitutions this week, their experiences highlight the divergent fates of the Arab region's Islamist movements, resulting from the wise and foolish political choices of each country's political elites.
Papers? What are they? They have none. They live in the shadows of the Pyramids. They walk through the ancient bazaars filled with familiar aromas: fresh baked bread, herb-scented clothing, and spice-filled air.
After the second wave of the Egyptian revolution, the interim declaration should have clearly spelled out the ultimate vision for the new Egypt: A country based on humanity, equality, justice, and freedom for all.
Though this matter is not at the heart of the country's current crisis, marked by rampant insecurity and economic statis, the ambiguities contained in the Constitution may cause serious problems in the future.
Nearly two years since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the deep state of Egypt's military-security establishment remains largely intact. For now, the military has publicly recused, but not removed, itself from the political process.
Will the Muslim Brotherhood adopt the same tactics Hosni Mubarak used for three decades to sustain absolute power, in this case hiding their intentions behind the pretext that "free elections equal full democracy"?
While controversy swirls around the reach of Islam and the scope of presidential power in Egypt's proposed constitution, the primary beneficiaries of the new Constitution -- the military -- are flying under the radar
Write the constitution as you wish, but it will remain your constitution. You will not be able to impose it on the people. The revolution will continue until it frees Egypt of despotism and restores authority to the people, regardless of the deal between the Brotherhood and the military.