"Finally We are Free"

The cry of the protestors in Cairo, as they greet the news of the military coup that has toppled Hosni Mubarak.  What's next?  An interim government, perhaps the troika proposed by Mohammed El Baradei, with the reality of power remaining in the hands of the military.  Then comes the countdown to the day when the first emergency blows up--perhaps the disclosure that the Mossad is fomenting unrest.  Then a struggle between the Brotherhood and the military or a union.  How many months till the emergence of a popular leader, and how many years before that popular leader is denounced as the evil dictator?  Oh, I forgot.  The Fellahin have been liberated by Twitter, and everything is going to be all right.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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