The tempo changes almost hourly, the numbers by the minute. Each radio broadcast, each news flash, reflects higher numbers of the dead and the wounded, (now in the hundreds) as rioters continue to protest their lot in Suez, Alexandria and Cairo. Police brutality is mounting.
What started in Tunisia has spread across the Arab world, if not in deed, then in thought. Arab and Islamic leaders from Tehran to Istanbul to Rabat are nervously watching the situation. For Mr. Mubarak in Egypt, it’s too late. The Egyptian Government has heeded the calls of the rioters there, and has resigned. Mubarak himself is still clinging to power; who knows for how long? Perhaps just until the next flight out.
My friends Al & Robert from San Francisco had a great 10 days in Israel, and flew to Egypt on Wednesday for what was planned to be a two-week extension of their vacation, with a Nile cruise and more. Today I had a tense call from them as they waited in line at Cairo airport, desperate to board a flight to London....More >>