Egypt’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment

by Ryan on February 11, 2011

in History,International Relations,The Iraq Front,Tyranny

A new day dawns in Egypt.  Mubarak’s out but the military is still in charge over in Egypt. Listening to Beck on my Sirius/XM radio today I heard about one particular sign the protesters held up:

I remember that it was May 1, 2003, when Dubya landed a plane on that carrier and declared major combat operations in Iraq were over.  The sign referred to the carrier crew’s mission, but the overarching message was obvious.  I had no pretensions.  At that point in the Iraq War, we’d lost less than 200 soldiers and the ol’ “troops will be home by Christmas” sentiment seemed real.  From my couch, the war seemed ready to wind down.

Alas no.  It was only the beginning.

So, OK Egyptian protester:  you’ve borrowed our symbolism, but do you want the baggage to go along with it?  The Egyptian protest movement seems to have played a good first-half game:  they had a 30-year dictator abdicate in 18 days!  Impressive.  Now, what’s the game plan for the second half?

This is where I agree with Beck’s trepidation.  Without a specific answer to that question the historian in me sees the likelihood that the next government to emerge out of the ashes will likely be viewed as an “interim” or “provisional” government before the present revolution does what nearly all revolutions in the modern age have done:  eat their children (figuratively most of the time);  when the cure becomes worse than the symptoms.

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MoogieP February 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Nice analysis.

figuratively most of the time. Heh.


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