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Monday, November 21, 2011

A Tipping Point in Egypt?

In less than ten months we have gone from "The Army and the People are One Hand," to two fists duking it out with each other.

It wasn't long after my Friday wrap-up that Friday's demonstrations in Egypt began to deteriorate into violence, which continued through the weekend. What to make of the deadly events in both Cairo and Alexandria. Up to this point, one could at least argue that the behavior of SCAF could be explained under the old adage (attributed to Napoleon, Mark Twain, and others,  "Never attribute to malice what can that which can be adequately explained by incompetence." Nos, we have passed what may be a tipping point to what some are calling Revolution 2.0. More here and here.

It's utterly dismaying. the videos are grim and the prospects unclear. I'll have much more to say on this as time permits.

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