Tsunami of people power
THERE is an Egyptian proverb which states: "Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened." The crowds that gathered in Tahrir Square could have spared themselves some hardship had they borne this in mind as elation turned to despair as Hosni Mubarak refused to bow.
The news was all the sweeter yesterday when the man regarded as "the last Pharaoh" was finally swept away in a tsunami of people power.
These last few weeks have been momentous. Who could have predicted that when a restaurant owner set himself alight outside Cairo's house of parliament on Monday, January 10, it would be Mubarak's feet that would ultimately be scorched?