I think the rush to lionize the Egyptian revolution in certain quarters and to treat it as a vindication of whatever one believes about political change is self-serving and not a little bit naive. The proper approach is to heed the advice of Zhou Enlai. My heart is with the protesters, and their purer expressions of joy are very moving, but the country has passed from emergency rule to martial law. I am not making this observation in order to denigrate the Egyptian people, their role in the removal of Mubarack, or their plain aspirations for a freer life, but a six-month, military-guided "transition to democracy" is a thing about which we should inherently be suspect. As to what will become of those people and their country, it's a question whose answer will be measured in years at least.