Building a free America took time: 1776-1789
The last shots fired in the American Revolutionary War were in 1782, some say August 27: Battle at Combahee River marks the last fighting between British and American forces. Others might argue that it was November 10, 1782: The final battle of the Revolutionary War occurs as Americans retaliate against Loyalist and Indian forces by attacking a Shawnee Indian village in the Ohio territory.
The point is the fight lasted a long time and the process between declaring independence in 1776 and ratifying the Constitution in 1789 spanned 13 years.
So, what can be expected in Egypt? How long will it take for Egyptians that are more modern than Americans in 1776 to stand up a presumably Democratic republic, transitioning from military rule to something else?
Just writing a meaningful Constitution will take some time.
“Hopeful Egyptians Unsure of Next Step
Published February 12, 2011
CAIRO -- Egyptian protesters jubilant over their success in ousting President Hosni Mubarak vowed Saturday to stay camped in a central Cairo square until they are confident the military will meet their demands for democracy.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces banned ex-regime officials from traveling abroad and relaxed a nighttime curfew, according to officials and state TV, but it had yet to release a much anticipated statement on its next steps.
Mubarak surrendered power to the military Friday after an 18-day uprising by millions of protesters demanding his ouster and the introduction of sweeping democratic reforms, leading to euphoric celebrations throughout the North African nation of 80 million people.
Cleanup efforts began Saturday on Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, although it was still packed with thousands of people.
Burnt-out vehicles were towed away while people, including young activists wearing surgical masks, swept the streets and hauled away mounds of trash. Soldiers removed barricades to open at least a road leading to the square.
Many wore placards saying "Sorry for the inconvenience, but we're building Egypt."