Consider the following news articles written directly after Mubarak's resignation.
Consider blow-by-blows in twitter accounts such as Nick Kristof's.
Euphoria! Excitement! Hope!
Let's just take this at face value and say: populism has succeeded, for at least a moment. Who knows what will come of Jan 25 in the future, for Egypt, for the Middle East, for the world. But at least, now, there's hope that the 21st century will not be defined solely by 9/11, by American Imperialism, by hateful and spiteful rhetoric against "medieval" or "anti-Christian" values.
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