In his insightful 1961 book, “The Wretched of the Earth,” author Frantz Fanon indicated that native governments installed in countries newly freed from the yoke of colonialism often imitated the hated colonial power in structure and function. In other words, the appearance and language of the rulers changed, but little else did.
Egypt presents a similar but not identical picture. A freely elected Islamist government has replaced an odious dictatorship, but it has taken on many of the trappings of the deposed tyrant. The wild hopes of the Arab Spring remain just that.