According to Bloomberg, Egypt’s government resigned en masse today (November 21, 2011), as the ruling military council keeps killing Egyptians (22 dead in clashes today) that are gradually coming around to the realization that Mubarak’s ouster changed almost nothing, sending them to the streets in protest, again.
It would be nice to imagine that all those protests in Tahir Square back in the spring weren’t pointless, but effectively, the ruling military council, the power behind Mubarak’s throne, did nothing more than throw the protesters a bone when they offered the aging Mubarak to them. The Egyptian military was in charge before, and it is in charge now. Some revolution.
Contrary to what Bush-era neo-conservatives most fervently believed (along with a great many naive Americans that think the American Revolution instituted liberal democracy in America), liberal democracy is not necessarily a panacea for all the ails a society. Egypt may not be suited about now for democracy, and democracy is anyway likely not what these later revolutionaries actually seek. In truth, revolutions are never as much ideological struggles as they are power struggles. The Egyptian Army has a firm grip on power as of now, but a new cadre of youthful, Islamist-tinged elites, believes the military’s power to be illegitimate; accordingly, they seek power for themselves. The Arab Spring is rapidly devolving to the winter of pointless Arab discontent.