Daily Archives: February 11, 2011

Gideon Rachman

Never has a square been more appropriately named than Liberation Square in Cairo. The television pictures are absolutely transfixing. Even in America, a famously insular nation, everybody seems fascinated by events. The television networks last night took Mubarak’s statement live. And there is now wall-to-wall coverage of the scenes from Tahrir Square.

Everybody from Joe Biden to Jim Woolsey, the former head of the CIA, are popping up on television to air the obvious questions – all variants of “what happens now”. But there will be plenty of time for analysis in the days to come – by me, and everybody else. For the moment, that all seems a bit besides the point. The pictures are the story tonight. Read more