Rule of the People

The lesson of Egypt's new revolution is that even in democracies, leaders cannot cling to election results as though they were a promissory note that authorizes them to impose their ideology, while ignoring the wishes of the people.

Overthrowing Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi required the army to step in, but the army did not initiate his ouster. Rather it was millions of Egyptians, represented by the many demonstrators who took to the streets, who sketched the portrait of the state they want to live in.