It follows the shutting down of the internet and restrictions on the rest of the media.
While President Mubarak apparently cowers in his redoubt in Sharm el Sheik, with a heavily guarded jet, engines running, at the airport, Egypt has descended into a miasma of anarchy and looting. Police are absent from the streets and the shutters are up.
The first is that it is now built into the mindset of moribund elites to shut down social media at the first sign of trouble. Perhaps, as bloggers, we need to bear this in mind. Secondly, how does one read the situation in Egypt? Like the fall of the Berlin wall, or a bit of local difficulty? This question obviously resonates with Fraser Nelson today.
What is unclear at the moment is who will arise from the ashes; a broadly pro-Western faction or a more militant Muslim one. My guess is that this will prove to herald decades of uncertainty and instability in the region. Repression, works. It keeps things very normal. New found freedom does not sit well with the general, especially if it is explosive and unfettered. I think Russia is a paradigm: for a while you had freedom and democracy. Now it is a bandit nation run by bandits. Babies, tipping bath-water.
UPDATE: I have just seen this posted on Charles Crawford's blog:
"The prospects of the tumult leading in the short term to something like a 'normal' democratic new form of government in Egypt must be close to nil"
Great minds eh?