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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Everything is possible in Egypt

By David Ignatius

The sounds and the images from Tahrir Square today are unforgettable, but one phrase sticks in my mind in this first hour of Egyptian "liberation."

An emotional commentator on Al Jazeera English, choking back sobs, said that after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, "everything now seems possible."

That joyous emotion will roll across the Arab world today. I suppose there's a negative way to understand it -- every bad thing is possible now, too. But that's not the way it feels for the jubilant crowds, or for a world watching them.

By David Ignatius  | February 11, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
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Comments

Truly inspiring!

Posted by: jake14 | February 11, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

TEA PARTY EGYPT IS SUCCESSFUL.

Posted by: jjcrocket13 | February 11, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, truly awesome, what a great day to be an Egyptian. Tunisia inspired them, they've inspired ...

Posted by: newageblues | February 11, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Physical force overcomes moral force, most of the time. But, today we share the joy of millions experiencing the happiest day of their lives because sometimes, moral force triumphs. That's what keeps us going when the darkness seems to have overwhelmed the light. There are undoubtedly dark times ahead, but the light shines nonetheless, and in the long run, darkness cannot extinguish it, only dim it. The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice. God bless the Egyptian people!

Posted by: geoffcgraham | February 11, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

to all,

ANYTHING is POSSIBLE today in Egypt BUT one of two things are likely. NEITHER are a good result.

1. the Egyptian military forces set up an even more brutal dictatorship than Mubarak's
OR
2. The Moslem Brotherhood turns Egypt into another Iran OR a another poverty-stricken, brutal & highly unstable North Korea, with Sharia law.

despite my desire for a democratic government in Egypt, i fear that any such result is: HIGHLY UNLIKELY.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 11, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

There may be some not-so-fun realities in the aftermath, but for now that's enjoy the spectacle and spirit of the occasion. In their eyes, we can see ourselves.

Posted by: wc1123 | February 11, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What does this have to do with the goals of the U.S. Tea Parties? This is about basic human rights, democracy and honest government, not the Tea Parties pick and choose belief in limited government and freedom (not extending, for example, to people who prefer cannabis to far more dangerous alcohol). It's only their own freedom Tea Partiers care about.

Posted by: newageblues | February 11, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Last night the Protestors and the world watching experienced anger at Murbarak for not relinquishing his power.

Today brings tears to my eyes at what these Protesters have accomplished through their peaceful revolution.

An amazing site to behold and it inspires the world that has been watching and waiting along with these Protestors.

A job well done.

Posted by: rannrann | February 11, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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