As the Egyptian protests dragged on into their third week the only people who seem NOT to be weary of it all were the Egyptian protestors on the streets ( good for them!) and President Hosni Mubarak in his palace (leave already!).
The matter is turning a trifle more serious though. Mubarak officially announced that he was transferring some of his powers to his Vice-President Suleiman. But made it clear that he only planned to step down or leave Egypt when porcine flight became evident. The protestors answered by waving shoes in the air and chanting "leave, leave, leave!"
The matter has gone far beyond a simple regime change in Egypt. The Israeli's are now afraid that a regime less supine to their interests will come into power. The world fears that the Suez Canal will now be affected and America is beginning to look like someone in two boats at the same time. And the boats are beginning to drift apart.
The US cannot support its close ally for the past three decades anymore without admitting to the world that they want and need an oppressive dictator in place to ensure their desires at met at the cost of a suppressed population.
Not that the Americans have much scruples about such things but they no longer command the clout they used to keep the world singing their praises.
Time will tell what new magic Sulieman can do, if he can do anything at all. The military is appearing to move closer to an armed coup and the civilians in no mood for negotiations. The limbo continues.
Image: An Egyptian boy dressed as an army colonel sits on his father's shoulders in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, February 10, 2011.