View Full Version : Rioting in Egypt Continues

01-31-2011, 10:31 AM
Violence increased in Cairo today, and the Egyptian government responded by imposing a curfew, cutting off all internet service and disabling cell phone and text communications.

These videos show some of the rioting and violent encounters between demonstrators and police. As usual in these situations, most of the violence seems surprisingly ineffective; yet people do get hurt. Reports indicate that at least five people have been killed:

Is this the beginning of the explosion of the Arab world that many have been predicting for decades? It's only a guess, but I think it is--which is not to say that the climax will come overnight. So far, the Obama administration has been unable to respond in any effective way and can only play the role of spectator. That isn't surprising, of course; the time to get out front and position the U.S. as the ally of oppressed Arab peoples was long ago. Our only meaningful effort to do that--the Iraq war--had, to put it mildly, a mixed reception and mixed results.