Making Sense of it All
Now, before dismissing my remarks as unjustified optimistic wish-wash let me just say that this movement I am referring to isn't necessarily in a positive direction. Heck, everything that is happening so far is negative (ferry, bird flu, Dahab, judges, sectarian violence, mass arrests). The regime is even getting back to completely-useless-albeit-foolish tactics. They arrested Al-Jazeera's bureau chief in Cairo for "disseminating false information", and a relatively unknown poet (Amin El-Deeb) for a really benign poem.
So, the thing isn't really all pink with rosy flowers on top.
I can't see how the regime can really contain all the anger this time.
It's simply not possible at all.
With all the different parties that have axis to grind with this regime, it is quite implausible the regime would be able to crack down on everybody.
This regime is getting smaller (humiliated, defied, and criticized) by the day, and the opposition (judges, Kifaya, etc...) are getting larger by the day.
Every day is a decisive day, and even if no substantial gains are won by the opposition, they're winning more and more support, and more and more respect.
This time, and only this time, it can only get up from here.