The events in Egypt represent a massive eloquent validation of the moral force and power of non-violent civil disobedience. Every participant in the Civil Rights Movement should shout, "We are all Egyptians today!"
I have not experienced a revolution, much less a citizen revolution, but this week, despite the caution of the official news, I have the sense that the Suez Canal and the Caribbean Sea are not so far apart, not so different.
How sweet is the air of Egyptian freedom. In all of Cairo and Egypt, a nation exalts in its liberation. Through the evening and into the early morning, I stood in Tahrir Square as they sang and danced.
Hosni Mubarak remains a wily customer, and any prosecution of him will only come about through strong political will. Within Egypt, at least, that appears to be on the rise. But some warn that Egypt would be entering uncharted territory.
In raising concerns about the long-term meaning and results of Egypt's revolution, we must return to the very definition of revolution: a rapid, fundamental, and violent domestic change in the dominant values and myths of a society.
President Obama, who up to now has shown more than a little inconsistency in his policy toward Egypt, can still recover lost ground and prevent what could become an irretrievable tragedy of historic dimensions.
Mubarak's Egypt was a linchpin for Israel's ability to pursue a hard-line regional policy with near impunity. Trying to keep that equation in play is what brings many Israeli officials to now push for continued military, as opposed to civilian control.
The revolution was successful because it had no leaders, only coordinators of bottom up energy. Its use of social media was brilliantly conceived to meld online organizing with offline action, not supplant it.