With both candidates claiming victory, irrespective of whoever emerges victorious, the outcome of the election promises to increase volatility and unrest rather than put Egypt back on a path towards political stability.
No one in the entire Middle East is watching the proceedings in Cairo with more trepidation than Bashar Assad in Damascus. The dictator continues the relentless massacre of his own people, and the bodies pile up in Hama, Deir A Zor, Damascus suburbs and other places.
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.
Here we are. The greatest democracy on earth is led by a man whose rhetoric and actions on freedom are in conflict. Fortunately, it appears as though Egypt's people have found freedom without the backing of President Obama.
The liberation of Egypt seems to be just the start. Who will be next? If Jordan and Yemen follow, so will Saudi Arabia and Riyadh would be in a critical position, with no choice but to evolve towards a more open political system.
Mubarak is holding on to the past, employing the same tactics he has used over his thirty-year rule to reign in his opposition. This time, however, he will not succeed. The Egyptian people have changed.
Mubarak's latest cynical tactic is to send in armed gangs, mostly from his notorious police force, to ignite riots, thus making his hold on power all the more necessary for the sake of restoring security and order.
Our commitment to America's founding principles must be extended to all peoples of the world if we want to ensure our moral authority as a democratic nation and our global leadership for generations to come.
Egypt is at a critical turning point. Mubarak is apparently finished, but his regime could limp on. That is not in the interest of Egypt or the US. It is time for the latter, therefore, to support reformist Egyptians, civilian and military.