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Only One Generation Away

News is afoot that the pendulum may be swinging in today’s Egypt, in a direction seemingly unexpected by conventional observers. The latest post at DEBKAfile headlines an urgent U.S. diplomatic mission to Cairo as “military rulers lose grip.”

In conservative circles, the traditional, powerful, generally pro-West military is the central hope for maintaining a workable level of reason, secular government, and stability in Egypt — an Egypt which sits astride the all-important Suez Canal, possesses a lot of heavy firepower (courtesy U.S. aid), and has one of only two Middle East peace agreements with Israel.

Shiite Iran is indeed stirring the pot, as stated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and fully expected by most conservative watchers. Sunni radical cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, formerly exiled, has been unleashed and may prove to be as incendiary an influence as Iran’s 1979 version, the Ayatollah Khomeini.

But a new comment caught our eye this morning, from the same DEBKA article. Sources, it reveals, believe that young military leaders “have executed a coup and displaced the veterans.” Did anyone think to see that coming? In all the reassuring, expert comments that “the military is in control,” did anyone stop and consider the age-old scenario of the wiser veterans vs. the young hotheads?

Read II Chronicles 10 about King Solomon’s son Rehoboam, who forsook the counsel of the old men and listened to his peers. As a result, the Kingdom of Israel went from its zenith as a world power into a downward spiral of division, degeneration, and captivity.

We are always only one generation away from revolution, for better or worse.