Nothing seems to be safe in Egypt these days. Political opponents of the military leadership are the chief targets for the attacks, attacks that include live fire from security forces. They are not alone: The seething rampages have spread to Christian churches, the media, foreigners, those held in custody, and even to the corpses waiting to be buried.
The place where President Obama first offered his words on the hopeful potential of the Arab Spring now is vying to become ground zero in what appears to be a contest as to who can stamp on those flowers of democracy the hardest, yank their roots out of the ground and then salt the earth.
Hope, as a campaign slogan, is very compelling. Hope as a strategy, less so.
William Butler Yeats, writing after World War I in the “Second Coming,” notes how, “Turning and turning in the widening gyre, The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”
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