Egypt's military rulers have moved to assert and extend their power so broadly that a growing number of lawyers and activists are questioning their willingness to ultimately submit to civilian authority.
The Egyptian Revolution is not over, but the period of feel-good flag-waving may be. What I witnessed today was the first time the military has turned decisively against protesters, who are themselves now becoming divided.
There needs to be a concerted, untiring struggle for change to see an actual revolution. The Egyptian military will use the protester fatigue in its favor and the Bahrain royalty will employ the sectarian divide to cement its rule.
No institution in Egypt is better suited than the military to supervise the delicate transformation which is already in place. Egypt's own internal peace, as well as the peace of the entire me depend on their success. The odds are good.