Friday, February 04, 2011

Don't be nervous

Some people I know are expressing worries regarding the US and Israeli attempt to abort the Egyptian uprising. Don't worry.  Even if they, temporarily, set up an extension regime, the political culture of Egypt has been altered.  The ability of the regime to impose discipline, "order", submission, has been undermined.  If Egyptian now demonstrate in solidarity with the Palestinians now, for example, no security forces would prevent them from leaving the Al-Azhar or the Cairo University.  It is a different country even if the head of the secret police, `Umar Sulayman (the candidate of reform and democracy according to Obama and Clinton), takes over in a transitional period.