Events in Egypt are by turns shocking – as stories of live bullets and gas used against protestors emerge – yet encouraging, if this quote is anything to go by:
[The US has] been lulled by a pro-stability narrative that has been spun out by Mr Mubarak and other Arab autocrats. Unfortunately for Cairo and Washington, the street is saying the game is up
– former CIA director Emile Nakhleh, writing in the Financial Times,
quoted by Naked Capitalism
The message is clear: lose the streets and lose the geo-political game. No wonder the British police are now using tougher methods against peaceful protesters.