Regions / Egypt
The United States often acts like it has the patent on democracy.
They have seen little practical benefit from their country's alleged friendship with the United States.
Egypt has a rich tradition of humanitarianism.
Microcredit begets loan sharking which begat Tahrir Square.
Organizing protests and institutionalizing their gains require two different skill sets.
The question now is what happens next.
Constrained from war by the Camp David accord, the Egyptian army lords it over the economy instead.
The protests in Egypt will produce a democracy, not a theocracy.
A lack of qualms about torture once helped recommend new Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman to the CIA.
Washington's idea of stability will only sow more instability.