1. Everything that the experts say and everything that the activists and politicians have taken for granted for a generation, at least, is really off the table. What’s been happening, first in Lebanon and then in Tunisia and now in Egypt and who knows further afield, suggests that new forces have been unleashed and we have no idea where they might lead and what new dynamics they might create.

    — Veteran Middle East correspondent Thanassis Cambanis, on how no one really knows what’s going to happen in the Middle East, in a wide-ranging discussion today on Fresh Air about the future of Egypt, Hezbollah, and relations with Israel.

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