Back in 2005, when I was working in Cairo as a journalist, I covered the early Kifaya demonstrations – billed as the boldest and most brazen series of protests against President Hosni Mubarak in his 30-year reign. Those protests attracted less than a thousand people. How times have changed.
Watching the early protests two weeks ago, I was skeptical at first – little reason to believe that these would end any differently than the ones I covered five years ago. But I seem to have been proven wrong. Glued to my television set (or, more accurately, my computer screen), I have been exhilarated by the courage, persistence, and dignity of the Egyptian people.