Egyptian Hosni Mubarak was a symbol of tyranny. Unfortunately, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is not much different. What actually happened in Egypt is that they replaced one Supreme Ruler with a military Supreme Commander.
Tantawi was Mubarak's Minister of Defense. Currently, this guy has absolute authority simply because he is in charge of one million soldiers in a country where traditionally, one with the bigger gun makes the rules.
Thousands of Egyptians were tried and sentenced by military tribunals over the last several months. According to Reporters Without Borders, one such hardened "criminal," blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, was found guilty of insulting the Egyptian military establishment and "could die very soon."
Libya is in a danger of going the way of Somalia where al Shabaab rebels linked to al Qaeda have more power than non-existing government. Members of the Obaida Ibn Jarrah Brigade, an Islamist group figting on the rebel side, killed rebel military commander General Abdel Fattah Younes.
Now, the best option would be to select one of the rebel commanders and make him a dictator. Anything else could be an invitation for disaster.
It looks as if the Arabian spring is turning into bleak autumn and freedom and liberty will remain only words.
One old song by The Who seems so appropriate...There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight.