Photo I took of a street scene in Cairo, December, 2009.
When I was in Egypt for 24 hours 13 months ago, I got the sense that people were on slow boil -- not from the weather, but from enormous frustration of a stagnant culture, unrelenting poverty and an unresponsive bureaucracy. Mubarak has been entrenched for 30 years. Now is the time for Mubarak to acknowledge the hunger for regime change, to announce he'll step down, and to steer the country toward a FREE democratic election. He should not make an attempt to install his son as his successor. I realize there's a chance that extremists with the Muslim Brotherhood could seize the moment, though nearly everyone is discontented. There's also a chance for a stable democracy to emerge. One thing for sure: the present stagnation is untenable.
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Matt Steinglass argues (in The Economist) that, in the long run, should democracy come to Tunisia and Egypt "that will probably lead to greater stability and security for everyone." But, unfortunately, "this is one of those long runs in which many of us are dead." How he sees events in Egypt:
Obviously, we should all be warily celebrating the possible fall of the Mubarak regime, not bemoaning it. Not because it will lead to any near-term benefits for us, but because it stands a chance of making Egyptians freer. ... That doesn't mean that such freedom will be in the interests of the United States, in the near term or really in any term we can envision. We should be cheered when other nations start to "find their voice", not because it is in our interests, but despite the fact that it may not be. (Hat tip: Patrick Appell on Andrew Sullivan's blog)