Yes, What is Going On in Egypt is a Big Deal

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This could just kind of fizzle out, like 1848 did in Europe, but this is a rather graphic illustration of the breadth and scope of the protests.

Note that there are a number of factors that make this much more significant than Tunisia:

  • Unlike Tunisia, the population is almost exclusively, and strongly Arab (Tunisia has significant Berber influences).
  • Egypt has the largest population of any Arab nation in the world, having almost 30% of the world’s Arab population.
  • It has been a center of Arab nationalism and Islamic thought for hundreds of years.

Even in the best case, I don’t imagine that this will result  in the spontaneous creation of a modern democracy with civil rights, but I do think that any changes would be an improvement over the current corrupt and brutal status quo.

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