In a ghastly modern-day simulacrum of the disastrous French revolution, in Egypt we might see the removal of the military emperor/pharaoh, followed by violence, then a mad murderous fundamentalist regime, and, now, with luck, end with a return to the rule of a military emperor/pharaoh.Kinda looks like that's how it turned out.
Got to hand it to the French and their July 14 Revolution. They certainly set the pattern for revolutions all over the world, to wit, long established regime overthrown, followed by chaos and murder, establishment of an even more murderous fundamentalist regime, and ending with the re-establishment of a version of the original regime.
Our poor July 4 Revolution, on the other hand, rarely (never?) gets copied. We rarely (never?) see an armed revolt demanding freedom and independence that then delivers on both. Guess we are just not in touch with the Big Wide Wonderful World out there.
Just so you know, I told erstwhile colleagues at State my prediction about a year ago. They brushed aside the Diplomad's warnings as the rantings of a "conservative." I guarantee you (next prediction) that nobody's career at State will be harmed by the hash made of Egypt, or of Libya, or of Syria. All involved will get awards, promotions, and great onward assignments. And you can take that to the bank . . . they certainly will.