15th day of the Egyptian revolution. Definitely, things are not "winding down." As a human being, one must feel a certain pride. From the uprising and Ben Ali overthrow that started in Sidi Bou Zid, early January in Tunisia, to Tahrir (in Cairo), Alexandria, Suez, and all over Egypt a few days later (January 25th), we are witnesses to whole new chapters (and books) being written - in international relations, diplomacy, politics, and popular and non-western democracy. The "western democracy" I've known all my life up to now has stated or implied it's 'imprudent' to "allow" MILLIONS of people to gather in the way they are doing so - today, tomorrow, yesterday, last week - across Egypt. Western democracy seems to assume uncontrollable violence & disorder. Western democracy seems to assume the need for scores of controllers (police). That, in essence, probably what you need is a police state. And not only in the so-called developing world. But Tahrir shows us otherwise, live on TV, and mainly through Qatar-based Al Jazeera television news service. Congratulations to the people of Egypt and Tunisia, two nations, both firmly located in Africa.