New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick tells Terry Gross about the hyper-nationalist euphoria that has swept up even Egyptian liberals and leftists who spent years struggling against the country’s previous military-backed governments:
I’ll put it bluntly: It’s how I imagine Europe in the first part of the 20th century might have felt during the rise of fascism. … It may not last. It may be just a momentary national hysteria, but at the moment there is a surreal-seeming enthusiasm for the military … even by people who just a few months ago were calling for the end of military rule.
Top image via EuroNews; still from The Triumph of the Will