Sunday, January 02, 2005

And now ripple effects in Egypt

Following on from my post on the democratic waves washing out from newly free Afghanistan and Iraq to Syria, the BBC carries a report that the ripples have now reached Egypt.
In a country where public discussion of the president and his powers has been traditionally off-limits, activists are breaching a red line in ways that would have been unthinkable two years ago. They want to limit the president to two terms in office and to ensure that he is democratically chosen in a pluralist election.

Of course, this being the BBC, any possibility of a connection between this new found demand for democratic accountability and US Middle Eastern policy is not worthy of a mention.