Why Did Mubarak Change His Mind?
This is one of the questions that must be answered.
What has changed since yesterday, when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waggled his obelisk at the Egyptian people instead of resigning like all indications, um... indicated?
What's different today?
Was it the fact that thousands and thousands of Egyptians read the column I posted yesterday about how Mubarak used the Internet (while the peoples' Internet was shut down) to cruise for hot MILFs on Craigslist?
Or did something ELSE happen? Did someone slip a horse head into his bed?
I even recall seeing a tweet yesterday suggesting that Mubrak's thuggish, brutal behavior guaranteed him a slot on Fox News. He WOULD fit in nicely between Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly.
But the fact of the matter is (the voices in my head tell me), that the army told Hosni .من المدينة لا نسمح لكم الحمار أبي الهول رادعة على الخروج من المدينة
(Translated, "Don't let the Sphinx bite your ass on the way out of town.")
When such messages are delivered with the barrel of a tank pointed at your crotch, they are hard to ignore.
Now, we wait and see. With it be a case of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss," or will freedom and democracy take root in Egypt? Will the blossoming flower of freedom spread to other Arab and Islamic dictatorships? Syria? Iran? Saudi Arabia? Yemen? Jordan?
If the flower turns out to be a "Wandering Jew," will that scotch the deal?
Will Islamic Fundamentalist take an even tighter hold in these newly freed areas? Will al Qaeda abandon Pakistan, uh, I mean, Afghanistan to spread the seed of anti-Western hatred in the freshly tilled soil of freedom?
Will American Conservatives and Tea Baggers use the lessons learned from the street demonstrations to bring down OUR government and replace it with Christofascism? (Oh, they LIKE to talk about America's "Judeo-Christian" tradition, but not really so much about part BEFORE the hyphen. Especially in Texas.)
We know that what happened in Egypt today is NOT the end of the upheaval. It's the beginning.
But... the beginning of WHAT?