I pray they can work it out, for the sake of all involved.
I read somewhere that this was not so much a revolution as it was the ruling franchise firing an unpopular and ineffectual CEO.
The faces changed, but the structure remains intact.
There has been change; Egypt is now imitating the seed of American Culture planted in Iraq, with Tyrants in cages in courtrooms, and purple fingers raised aloft.
All of the frozen and stagnate Islamic cultures are now in motion (Saudi Arabia just gave the vote to women!), and it is all due to American Cultural Judo in Iraq. This Strategy of planting the superior American Culture in Iraq will go down in history as the greatest example of Strategic Cultural Warfare ever seen. We all knew we had to do something about the moribund terrorist spawning Islamic cultures after 9/11. Now we see the early results of that strategy in the Arab Spring. Stay tuned as there is a lot more to come, as these cultures have a long way to go.
It’s a pity that some of the most astute and important observations just don’t lead to that much of a discussion. If I had a more agile web connection today, I’d reward this piece with a well-deserved victory lap (in the form of links to places where, if I recall correctly, Mead predicted exactly this outcome). I hope some dedicated reader or other takes the time to do this.
As for the Egyptians and their hopes and dreams — well, at least we’re not looking at the purges and reign of terror that Niall Ferguson rightly warned were a possibility. Hooray for modest victories.
Jackson is rolling in his grave. I don’t know if its what people read or they just read it differently. The seed in Iraq has produced terrorist attacks that would make any country blush and that’s after thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Saudi women’s vote is for municipal elections only. In a theocracy, what do these elected official do? Give women the right to drive, perhaps? That’s the fruit, sorry the seed, of American Cultural Judo in Iraq for you. $2,000,000,000,000 spent. 4,000 American soldiers dead.