Suddenly, I was thrown into a wall as the ship took a sharp turn. Then, I heard the words I will never forget: "We have been informed that there is political unrest in Cairo and we will be heading to Avir, Israel."
The longer it takes to restore the ballot box to the heart of the country's authority, and banish the meddling military from politics, the harder it will be to achieve lasting stability.
U.S. aid should be provided to Egypt on the basis of more rigorous standards of transparency and accountability. Americans and the Egyptian people need to know exactly how the aid is being used and who benefits from the aid.
To maintain its tightrope act, the Obama administration will have to draw a clear distinction between peaceful, legitimate and democratic expression of dissent and terrorism. Failure to do so will increasingly put it in the camp of those seeking to stymie political change.
In Cairo, Egyptian history appears to have completed a bloody full circle. First the crowds filled Tahrir Square to demand the end of a military-backed dictatorship. Then, just two years later, the crowds filled Tahrir Square again to demand the restoration of a military-backed dictatorship.
This week's headlines were dominated by the Arab Spring turning to Arab Fall in Egypt, as clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and government forces claimed over 600 lives. Not getting a fraction of the media attention was the continuing violence in Iraq, where more than 1,000 have been killed since July, including 33 on Thursday alone. More than 10 years after it began, and 20 months since U.S. withdrawal, the Iraq War continues to be a disaster of epic proportions, with a seemingly limitless supply of unintended consequences. Reports note that U.S. efforts are now focused on making sure Iraq's Shiite government doesn't get too close to Iran's Shiite government, which is sending weapons to Syria, whose conflict is destabilizing key U.S. ally Jordan. And yet the war's catastrophic impact remains inversely related to our desire to reckon with how it happened. Case in point: the prominence still afforded those who beat the drums of war the loudest.
The events unfolding across Egypt have all the aspects of a classic tragedy. The characters involved, each in their own way, have demonstrated that they have been unable to rise above their fatal flaws with the result being the horror we are now witnessing.
A soccer brawl last year in which more than 70 militant soccer fans died galvanized significant numbers of Egyptians against the military and security...
When all our options are bad options... ...
We pray for the Christian community to continue to embody the love, patience and meekness of Christ. We pray for the future so that these acts of violence would not create forms of terrorism or oppression.
In a region where jihadist forces are already on the march, the Egyptian military government may have made a grave miscalculation.
For all intents and purposes, the Arab Spring is dead. The Arab Winter has officially arrived.
Are we to condemn ElBaradei for this apparent hypocrisy, or commend him for his altruism in becoming involved in a process for the greater good of the country that he would otherwise reject?