In matters of leadership and followership, some changes are so subtle they elude detection. But, then, there are other changes that are nothing if not screamingly obvious.
One such in the second category is what’s happened in Egypt in the last week – since Mohammed Morsi’s ham-handed power grab.
If there’s a more vivid recent example of the power of followers, it does not come immediately to mind. What’s remarkable is that the utterly predictable response to Morsi’s sneak attack was not foretold by Morsi himself.
Whether Morsi will ever again be trusted by anyone other than his own constituents is now uncertain, at best. A crying shame! For given the tensions in and around states including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Lebanon, and, yes, Palestine, and given the implosion that now is Syria, it’s painful to think yet another Middle Eastern leader was so totally oblivious to the power of the follower.