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The Boiling Point
The Boiling Point
How you feel about the following YouTube video probably says something about how you feel about the broader effort to promote Middle East democracy
Wednesday, April 16,2008 19:48
by Shadi Hamid Democracy Arsenal

 How you feel about the following YouTube video probably says something about how you feel about the broader effort to promote Middle East democracy. Watch this and it may become clear to you.

 My own sentiments were clarified. The Egyptian people, as it is often said, are cautious, "passive," and not particularly prone to taking to the streets. But this may be changing. The scene below is remarkable. In a society where every word and move is permeated with fear, here you have a significant number of people in full public view making their anger known, doing something very, very dangerous.

It is also perhaps a signal of the unfolding tragedy to come. Meanwhile, America watches and does nothing. When the boiling point comes (and, unless you think dictatorship is permanent, it will), it will likely be too late. But it is not too late yet. There is still time to act.


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