I realized that Egyptians understood American politics better than Americans did. Our democracy has never been as fake as Egypt's was, but Washington politicians are bought by Wall Street. Egyptians didn't hold us accountable for Washington because they knew we weren't entirely accountable.
The violent confrontations in Iran this week, which resulted from widespread resistance to the brutality of the regime's various security forces, have shifted the balance of the struggle towards the people.
The dissension in Iran's polity emanates from a growing gap between the promises and the dim reality facing its young citizens. The current political turmoil marks the breakdown of an intergenerational bargain.