By Enrique Tessieri
The joy and the historic day celebrated this evening in Egypt after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak can be felt everywhere. The emancipation of the Egyptians, after thirty years of rule by an autocratic and corrupt regime supported by the West, is contagious and will certainly spread to other parts of the region. People power in the Arab world will also be a long-term blow to the pet topic of far-right parties: Islam.
Building a country from the rubbles of a corrupt and autocratic regime will not be easy. But if the Egyptians, Tunisians and other countries succeed in the region it will not only bolster their national self-esteem but win further admiration of the Europeans and people throughout the world.
Like Latin America in the Cold War, the US and the West has had the same goal in the Arab world: Have a key say in the internal affairs and control vital resources.
The biggest losers to democracy in the region will be the Islamophobic far-right parties of Europe and radical Islam. It will also force Israelis to rethink their relationship with their neighbors.