By Robert Fisk
Greater than the other state, Egypt epitomises the harsh disappointments of the Arab Spring. In under 4 years, its humans have come complete circle. A sclerotic, cynical, probably immovable army regime, disguised by means of a fig-leaf of ostensible illustration, used to be swept away on a joyous tsunami of well known idealism; a corrupt dictator used to be ousted, attempted and jailed; loose elections have been held, a brand new president peacefully put in, and a brand new age of freedom and democracy appeared really possible.
Then, with tragic predictability, the recent regime degenerated. Corruption, incompetence and repression provoked a counter-revolution; the elected president used to be ousted and jailed, his supporters massacred or rounded up. The outdated dictator used to be freed (for a while), the competition used to be outlawed, the faceless males of the army resumed and tightened their grip at the reins of energy – and millions of normal Egyptians have been left puzzling over what all their ache and sacrifice were for.
No commentator is best certified to inform this tragic story than Robert Fisk, unflinching critic of the Mubarak regime and acclaimed chronicler of Middle-Eastern affairs for The autonomous for 25 years. This strong anthology of his journalism describes the total cycle of Egypt’s awakening and relapse, episode by means of episode, because it occurred – from the 1st stirrings of unrest to the wonderful sunrise of Tahrir sq., and the times of disgrace and atrocity that followed.
Told with infrequent perception into either Egyptian tradition and the hypocrisy of the West, this is often heritage at its so much compelling, written by way of one of many very maximum commentators at the Arab international.