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You can’t overstate the discomfort for Britain, or America, from the revolution in Tahrir Square and the shock it sent across the middle east. William Hague, foreign secretary, was cautious in greeting the upheaval, although he did urge Egypt’s army to resist the temptations of power and move quickly to elections. It was more painful to watch President Obama try to put words to the uprising which embodies all the youthful idealism he champions, but confounds his own actions in office.


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