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.
To those who know Egypt, the uprising was both inevitable and unimaginable. In just over a week, youth have gone from being layabouts to leaders. My friend A. often fretted about her son's lack of maturity. Not anymore, though.
I was in the middle of buying some mints from a street vendor on Cairo's Talat Harb Street when the rocks started flying. He gave me one pack of mints, and all hell broke loose. "Run, run," people yelled at me.
Egypt is the latest example of an ancient idea that began long before our nation was founded and will flourish long after all of us are gone. Government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Let's not repeat the failure of nerve we showed in the past with Tiananmen Square as we respond to the democratic aspirations of those in Tahrir Square. As the world watches, the administration's window of opportunity is closing quickly.
It's because democracies tolerate differences, even organized crackpots so long as they aren't violent, that the "democratic community" of nations is pretty much internally free of war. So let Egypt join.
The culture that is a pillar of history itself is, once again, unfurling a new era and, as one Egyptian revolutionary protestor said, "the world before January 25th is not the same after January 25th."
Yet another Western-backed dictator is set to fall from grace. The Shah of Iran, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein -- they all refused to concede defeat. And they all fell down. Hosni Mubarak will, too, if he doesn't review his history books.