Camels had been the foremost mode of transport along the Silk Road, and it was perhaps written in the stars that I would return to the Mother of the World to find that most bizarre event of our revolution and, indeed, political history, the Battle of the Camel, once again featuring large in our post-revolutionary political life.
In fact, I had intended this article to be about the American elections, but the Brotherhood's fascistic convulsion in downtown Cairo on Friday forced a change of tack. Not that I subscribe to the notion that the Brotherhood is intrinsically a fascist movement. This, I would argue, is gross oversimplification of a profoundly complex phenomenon, which almost invariably has pushed those who uphold it into the arms of the Mubarak dictatorship before the revolution and the military after it.
This is not to say that there isn't a fascistic kernel lying at the heart of the Brotherhood's doctrine and practice. The scenes of violent attacks, horrifying in their viciousness and sheer cruelty against initially peaceful demonstrators on Friday morning were easily evocative of Hitler Youth beating up communists and democrats, and of Mussolini's thugs doing the same.
Something of a virus, this kernel could thrive or be inhibited subject to outside influences. On Friday morning, we came very close to a full flourish; the bungled retreat by that day's early evening, barefaced lies and all, saw the inhibitors working fairly effectively.
Still, real experience has shown us that a cure is possible. We need only take note of the phenomenon that is presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh; or for that matter, and to a lesser degree, that of once deputy supreme guide, Mohamed Habib. There are many other examples.
In my latest article some three weeks ago now, I predicted that Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt will not outlast President Mohamed Mursi's four-year term. Friday and its aftermath seemed to vindicate me. Yet, like it or not, the Brotherhood itself is here to stay, and all of Egypt has a stake in finding that cure.