The current political situation in Egypt is a complex weave of shifting alliances, jostling for power, democratic aspirations, and fear -- fear of losing long-held privileges, of skeletons in closets, and of what tomorrow could bring.
With elections in Tunisia happening this week, and with Egypt's just around the corner, we need to be prepared to accept an outcome that may be disappointing to some, but should not be surprising to anyone.
While February 11 was celebrated like any major feat, most realize that the end of a regime is not simply the fall of its patriarch, but rather the dismantling of the structure that anchored him.
In cases in which an Islamist party was elected fairly to power, democracy was indeed dismantled, but not by the Islamists. It was dismantled by the paranoid reaction of America and its allies.
In the past, in order for non-violence to win out over rage and retribution, it has required a single hero -- but the revolution in Egypt hasn't had that.
The announcement adds more pressure to the show's opening night, which was just postponed for the 45th time following technical problems that caused some of the actors' heads to accidentally explode.
In consideration of the recent developments which have been extensively chronicled, and in light of the present situation causing widespread concerns...
The revolution in Egypt has occurred at a most critical time in Middle East history. Peace between Israel and the rest of the Arab world remains precarious at best, Iran is racing to acquire nuclear weapons and Islamic extremist groups are poised to take advantage of failed Arab regimes. The Egyptian revolution offers a clear sign that the old order is finished. The Egyptian people will now shape the new order not only for themselves, but for the entire Arab world.
Although conservatives are split on whether to support Mubarak, many are echoing Kirkpatrick's old mantra about the two kinds of dictatorships: the ones we can tolerate and the ones we can't.
Anyone who thinks that Cairo's massive calls for freedom can lead to a rapid democratization of Egypt is dangerously naive.
With hints the U.S. may accommodate Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Brotherhood has likewise been signaling to the U.S. that it is seeking to cooperate. This is a potentially game-changing political development in the region.
Ironically, blowback from the propaganda offense claiming the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction now enhances the credibility among Egyptian protesters of a man that same campaign tried to discredit.
Why is Mr. Obama not paying attention to the piece of the Reagan legacy in the Philippines that we'll call "dealing effectively with a dictator who's lost his grip?"
The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt's oldest and largest Islamist organization. Many analysts expect the Brotherhood to play a larger role in the country's future.
I arrive in Cairo just before last week's protests begin. Traveling with a group of 38 tourists we land unwittingly amidst the uprisings, and proceed to spend several days moving just ahead of the mounting danger.
There is little reason for the U.S. to fear a takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood. If Egypt is allowed to find its own way, the problem of extremism could well fade as disaffected youth at last find hope at home.