February 1, 2011 12:27 PM

Commentary: For Egypt, free and fair elections are the only peaceful option

The political upheaval that began in Tunisia a few weeks ago has reached the streets of Cairo and Alexandria, pillars of the Arab world, with the potential to scramble the politics of the Middle East. The old order appears to be crumbling, putting into play the future of the most volatile region on the globe and creating a major test for American diplomacy and the Obama administration.

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