Egypt stands at a crossroads
IT is coming into high season for holidays to see the wonders of ancient Egypt. Instead, prospective tourists are being advised not to travel, as modern Egypt appears to descend into anarchy.
The speed of events has take more than innocent tourists by surprise. From Washington to Jerusalem to Riyadh, governments with vital interests at stake have struggled to find even the right verbal response.
The collapse of Iraq is an awful example of what can happen in countries with such complex problems when a dictator falls. President Hosni Mubarak is no Saddam Hussein, but US Vice-President Joe Biden was wide of the mark in saying that Mr Mubarak is not a dictator.