tho the current Egypt’s political upheaval is
Really like something Japan went through in latter part of 1860s.
What happened to Japan (and this is probably different from what’s actually going on in Egypt I guess but nonetheless) was it really killed and erased all the best minds Japan had for maintaining its political unity, cohesion, atmosphere -
- talented people with capacity of real listening to different views/opinions,
- people who had sense about domestic cohesion is necessary for minimizing the malicious interference and interventions by foreign powers
- people who had ideas about what Japan has to carry on into the Westernizing process - from tradition, from previous period’s wisdoms
- Open to learning from foreign powers
Crazy madness, insanity of political upheaval created the atmosphere in which all these brilliant people were all targeted - and massively assassinated (from ‘crazies’ on either side, any side, all sides.)
That turmoil lasted like 10 years, and when ‘the Revolution’ ended, some people lamented that Japan lost all the necessary human talents which was necessary for shaping, facing and planning the most challenging period - facing Westernization and surviving in the modern international world.
There was a lament about Japanese temper - ‘Why Japanese people got so into rivalry, killing, murdering each other’ - and erased brilliant leader class minds from the list one by one.
(And then that ‘toxic’ temper - now formed as ‘ideology’ ‘school of thought’ (became established and disseminated among population) - remained and lasted, and prepared another round of madness Japan faced in 1930s - towards participating, blindly descending into World War 2.)