Egypt's Silhouette of Fire

(Wall Street Journal) Bret Stephens - Egypt is in the early stages of Thomas Hobbes' "war of all against all." Gone is the Arab Spring narrative of tech-savvy, pro-democracy protesters standing proud against the dinosaur Mubarak regime. Recent events signal the broader collapse of authority throughout Egypt. Timid regional officials who will not stand up to Islamist mobs. Furious Coptic youth who no longer accept the cautious dictation of their elders. Conscript soldiers not afraid to disobey their orders. A "free" media that traffics in incitement. In addition, the Sinai is becoming another version of Yemen, an ungovernable staging ground for terrorism and sabotage.

2011-10-11 00:00:00

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