Egypt does not get to talk about the ‘day after.’ Not yet, anyway. Whether it does sooner, rather than later, is a choice – and a scarce few seem interested in choosing the right option. If that is true of the population at large, it is even more so among the political elite – and the story of the last few days, weeks, and months is as much a failure of political leadership generally, as it is one about the resort to violence. Tragically, much of it was entirely predictable – and tragically, much of what is about to come to pass is as well. Political leadership has failed the revolution of the 25th of January – but standing one’s ground has never been more important in this country’s revolution. And more than a few will stand on that ground. The story of this country’s revolution is not yet over.
Placing the blame
As political leaders continue to fail, people die. It is really that simple: political failure in Egypt means deathH.A. Hellyer