The abhorrent vacuum: The modern Middle East was created by the British and French in the power vacuum left by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Now another great power is waning — America — and in its own vacuum competing successors are jostling for regional advantage.
You don't have to be an uncovered woman or a Coptic Christian to
recognize that King Farouk to Mubarak to the Muslim Brothers is a pretty
perverse notion of progress.