Instead of the hope of democratic governance and expanding freedoms, Islamists in Egypt and Syria are attempting to trade one form of oppression for another.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo linked to the above video in a Twitter feed, and the Islamists in power didn't take kindly. Perhaps it was undiplomatic of the diplomatic corps to include the link, but I'd rather them speak to truth to power than not. Its economy is cratering, thanks primarily to President Morsi and his failing MB-dominated government, along with the instability he helped create by his heavyhandedness since getting elected. Crippling democratic institutions and restricting public demonstrations can't help.
What next? I dunno. The Islamists in power seem more interested in ideology than governance. Maybe Revolution 2.0 will get it right.
In Syria, the Islamist influence in the rebel coalition is fracturing the leadership of an already disjointed opposition command, and the Sunni Islamists are once again displaying their ability to not play well with others.
And this is not earth-shattering news: Assad is a liar.
The U.S. and Jordan are helping to train presumably non-Islamist opposition forces in Jordan. There could be blowback. But then, other neighboring Arab nations also have skin in the game, so there is a lot of meddling going on. Regarding intervention, restrained may be good.
In the world of Star Trek, the Prime Directive served as a check, but not an unthinking ban, on intervention. And so there were many interventions and counter-interventions. My favorite was in the original series, the episode "A Private Little War," when Captain Kirk ordered Scottie to make some flintlock muskets for the bow-hunting hill people of a planet where he had once tarried because the Klingons were arming the other side with these relatively advanced weapons. Kirk intervened, but only after much soul-searching, and in a proportionate way that established a balance of power and at least kept the Prime Directive in mind.
What can I say, I've loved the series since the 1960s, even Enterprise.
What next? I dunno. I'm guessing that Assad will try to gut it out to the very end, which means the situation will be long, drawn-out and bloody, a fitting legacy for Bashar and his butcher of a dad.