I apologize in advance because this thread will have a significant political content. But soccer is at least tangentially involved, as is the US Men's National Team. Those of us old enough to remember 1989 know it as the year of revolutions in Eastern Europe. Regime after regime were toppled like dominos by citizens yearning for a freer and more democratic society. Ceauşescu was the last to fall in December of that year. Around the time he was being arrested, a summit of Arab leaders was being held. The meeting room was arranged in two large concentric semi-circles. In the inner circle were the leaders. In the outer circle were their top aides. When news of Ceauşescu's arrest reached the meeting, the men in the outer circle spontaneously rose in applause. The applause lasted only about fifteen seconds because they noticed that the principals in front of them had not budged from their seats. The yearning for a more free and democratic society runs as deeply in the Arab world as anywhere else. I have visited many of these countries on several occasions. They are all repressive to various degrees and I always felt the governing regimes were as vulnerable to vanishing into the desert sands as the Eastern European dictatorships were at an earlier time. The hopes of an entire generation have been frustrated since 1989. But we are seeing something happening in Tunisia that I believe will prove as significant as the day Lech Walesa jumped over the wall at the Gdansk shipyard to assert his leadership of some striking workers. An entire region is watching Tunisia very closely and wondering how long they will have to wait before it is their turn. So why is Egypt in the title? Well, we have a friendly scheduled there for February. Keep an eye on that. Why is Qatar in the title? I'll let you all figure that one out.